Bosnia and Herzegovina

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    One of the most challenging labour markets in the region

    Although the economy of Bosnia and Herzegovina has been expanding steadily in the past few years, job creation has not kept up and the country shows one of the most challenging labour market situations in the region. Unemployment remains high (20.5% in 2017), especially among youth (45.8% in 2017). One out of four youth is neither in education, employment, nor training. The country has one of the lowest female employment rates in the Balkans (around 30%). The share of informal employment in total employment is relatively high (30%). The outward migration coupled with a rapidly aging population put a strain on the social security systems, challenging their sustainability over the long-term. Continue reading