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.

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    G20 Saudi Arabia 2020

    Global action to beat COVID-19 crisis vital to prevent employment disaster, ILO tells G20 ministers

    23 April 2020

    More needs to be done to protect workers and support businesses, particularly in low and middle income countries, the ILO Director-General has told labour ministers.

  1. ILO welcomes G20 commitment as a first global step in responding to the COVID-19 crisis

    26 March 2020

G20: Facts and figures

  • Annual economic growth in the G20 is expected to continue to grow by 3.9 per cent in 2018.
  • The unemployment rate in G20 countries decreased by 0.4 percentage points from its peak in 2009 to 5.2 per cent in 2017.
  • Youth unemployment remains a major concern and is on average 2.5 times higher than the overall unemployment rate.
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate decreased by 5.8 percentage points in advanced G20 countries but increased by 2.3 percentage points in emerging G20 countries.
  • The differential in wage growth between advanced and emerging G20 economies declined sharply.
  • In many G20 countries, employment is shifting towards jobs that require high-level cognitive and socio-emotional skills, while jobs with a high routine content are being automated or offshored to varying degrees.
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