ILO warns of youth unemployment 'crisis'
The International Labour Organization (ILO) wants governments to take the lead in creating work opportunities for young people. Almost 13% of young people worldwide are out of work, and their situation is unlikely to improve for four years, a report by the ILO says.
Many skilled young people are being forced into part-time and unskilled work, the report says. It warns of a "crisis" with more than six million people so disillusioned they have given up looking for work.
The ILO wants governments to make job creation a priority – that means more training schemes and also tax breaks for employers. "The youth unemployment crisis can be beaten but only if job creation for young people becomes a key priority in policymaking and private sector investment picks up significantly," said Jose Manuel Salazar-Xirinachs, executive director of the ILO's employment sector.
Since 2007, the number of young people without jobs has risen by four million - up from less than 12%, the Global Employment Trends for Youth report says.
In the European Union, one in five young people are looking for work, the report claims.
Many young people are extending their time in higher education because they cannot find jobs. Others are taking part-time unskilled work because they cannot find work in the fields they trained for. Many young people worldwide have given up and are becomingly increasingly detached from society.
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