The ILO and the G20

The ILO actively supports the G20 in its role as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. At the request of the G20, we contribute data, analysis and policy recommendations on labour, economic and social issues in order to strengthen the global economy.
  1. G20 Heads of State and Government Summit

    ILO: More international cooperation needed to stimulate decent job creation

    Rome 30-31 October 2021

G20: Facts and figures

  • G20 countries have lost 3.4 per cent of hours worked in 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, corresponding to approximately 75 million full-time jobs. This number has decreased from a loss of 161 million full-time jobs in 2020.
  • The unemployment rate has slightly dropped from 6.7 per cent in 2020, to 6.1 per cent in 2021.
  • The number of people in employment in 2021 has increased again to the levels of 2017, after a drop in numbers in 2020 had interrupted a ten-year period of continuous growth.
  • After a larger fall in employment between 2019 and 2020, women are experiencing a slower increase in employment between 2020 and 2021 than men (+ 1.7 per cent and + 2.3 per cent, respectively)
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate stood at 24.9 percentage points in 2021 and is estimated to remain at this level in 2022.
  • Between 2020 and 2021, youth employment increased at the same rate as adult employment, at 2 per cent. However, this comes after a large drop of 11 per cent between 2019 and 2020, compared to a drop of 2.9% among the adult population
  • The share of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) increased from 13.1 per cent in 2019 to 15.3 per cent in 2020 for men, and from 30.3 per cent in 2019 to 31.1 per cent in 2020 for women.
     

ILO contributions in previous G20 summits

  1. 2021 G20 - Italy: People, Planet, Prosperity

  2. 2020 G20 - Saudi Arabia : Realizing Opportunities of the 21st Century For All

  3. 2019 G20 in Japan

  4. Leader’s Summit, 30 November - 1 December 2018, Buenos Aires (Argentina)

  5. G20 Joint Education and Employment Ministers' Meeting, 6 September 2018, Mendoza (Argentina)

  6. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, 3-6 September 2018, Mendoza (Argentina)

  7. Leader’s Summit, 7-8 July 2017, Hamburg (Germany)

  8. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting, 18-19 May 2017, Bad Neuenahr (Germany)

  9. G20 Leaders' Summit, 4-5 September 2016, Hangzhou (China)

  10. Labour and Employment ministries meeting, 12-13 July 2016, Beijing (China)

  11. G20 Leaders’ Summit - 15-16 November 2015, Ankara (Turkey)

  12. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers Meeting, Ankara, 03-04 September 2015

  13. 6th meeting of Ministers of Tourism of G20 (Turkey)

  14. Leaders' summit - 15-16 November 2014, Brisbane (Australia)

  15. Labour ministerial meeting, 10-11 September 2014, Melbourne (Australia)

  16. Eighth G20 Leaders' summit - 5-6 September 2013, St Petersburg (Russian Federation)

  17. Labour ministerial meeting, 18-19 July 2013, Moscow (Russian Federation)

  18. Seventh G20 Leaders’ Summit, 18-19 June 2012, Los Cabos (Mexico)

  19. Sixth G20 Leaders’ Summit, November 3-4, 2011, Cannes (France)

  20. Fifth G20 Leaders’ Summit, November 11-12, 2010, Seoul, Republic of Korea

  21. Fourth G20 Leaders' Summit, June 26-27, 2010, Toronto, Canada

  22. Third G20 Leaders' Summit, September 24-25, 2009, Pittsburgh, USA

  23. Second G20 Leaders' Summit, April 2, 2009, London, United Kingdom

  24. First G20 Leaders Summit: November 14-15, 2008, Washington D.C., USA