Published in October 2016 · Updated in June 2018
What stands between youth and decent jobs?
More young people are staying in school instead of entering the labour market at an early age. That’s good news. Yet more than 200 million young people are either unemployed or have a job but live in poverty.
Explore this InfoStory to learn more about global employment trends for young people and what stands between them and a decent job.
School enrolment is on an upswing
With more young people in school, fewer youth are working or looking for a job. This means that the youth labour pool is shrinking.
While the youth population grew by 139 million between 1997 and 2017, the youth labour force shrank by 58.7 million.
Where the jobs are – and aren’t
Despite a mild recovery in recent years, youth unemployment has risen slightly in 2017 to 13%. However, regional trends vary widely depending on income levels and enrolment in education.
Helping youth find decent work
Investing in youth employment requires a collaborative approach to prioritizing job creation while helping youth to overcome their specific disadvantages through skills and labour market policies.
Interventions must promote job growth and skills development, make self-employment easier and ensure better working conditions, social protection and rights at work.