Global Employment Trends for Youth 2013: A generation at risk | ILO Report

Thie ILO Global Employment Trends 2013 Report examines the continuing job crisis affecting young people in many parts of the world. It provides updated statistics on global and regional youth unemployment rates and presents ILO policy recommendations to curb the current trends.

Download the report (Full report 161 pages – pdf 5.6 MB)
Executive Summary (11 pages – pdf 0.4 MB)

Key findings

– Youth jobs’ gains wiped out by slow recovery
– The long-term impact of the youth employment crisis could be felt for decades.
– 73.4 million young people – 12.6 % – are expected to be out of work in 2013, an increase of 3.5 million between 2007 and 2013.
– Behind this worsening figure, the report shows persistent unemployment, a proliferation of temporary jobs and growing youth discouragement in advanced economies; and poor quality, informal, subsistence jobs in developing countries.

From school to work…

– Informal, poorly paid and unemployed: The reality of work for most youth in developing countries
– School-to-work transition surveys of developing countries show that youth are far more likely to land low quality jobs in the informal economy than jobs paying decent wages and offering benefits. Access to education and training remains a major stumbling block.

Good practices

Sweden tackles youth unemployment through jobs guarantees

In the developing world

Reporting from Malawi and Zambia

Policy recommendations

– A global framework is needed to tackle the youth jobs crisis
Video interview with Gianni Rosas, coordinator of the ILO’s Youth Employment Programme

– The ILO urges policy makers to work together with social partners to address this alarming situation.

The ILO’s call for action

The ILO provides a portfolio of tried and tested measures in five areas: macro-economic policies, employability, labour market policies, youth entrepreneurship and rights.