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#YouthNow: The State of Global Youth Unemployment

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The #YouthNow Campaign was carried out by the United Nations Envoy on Youth to ascertain the current situation of youth worldwide in a range of development issues. Unemployment is one of the key factors affecting youth and below are data and statistics that cover the current state of Global Youth Employment.

  • Almost 74 million young people (aged 15–24) were looking for work in 2014. [ILO, 2015, http://bit.ly/1ztrYbq]
  • The youth unemployment rate is 13.1% which is 3 times the adult unemployment rate. [ILO, 2015, http://bit.ly/1LCnOAa]
  • Globally, many university graduates are underemployed and do not use skills they acquired in school. [UNDP, Empowered Youth Sustainable Future,http://bit.ly/1NgLyLt]
  • Each month, nearly one million people enter the labor market in India alone. [ILO -World Bank]
  • 2/3 of youth in developing economies are without work, not studying, or engaged in irregular/informal employment. [UNDP, 2014, http://bit.ly/1KdkY7u]
  • Each day, young women and children spend 140 million hours collecting water, which significantly diminishes their access to education and labor markets. [UN WOMEN, water.org, 2015, http://bit.ly/1kLxHi4]
  • Youth constitute 17% of the population but 40% of the unemployed. [ILO FAO, 2013, http://bit.ly/1IeueGJ]
  • In sub-Saharan Africa, more than 40% of young workers are unpaid. [UNDP, Empowered Youth Sustainable Future, http://bit.ly/1NgLyLt]
  • In Tunisia, about 65% of university graduates are underemployed or work in jobs that do not use the skills they acquired in school. [UNDP, Empowered Youth Sustainable Future, http://bit.ly/1NgLyLt]
  • Social unrest is more common in countries and regions where male youth unemployment is high or rising rapidly. [ILO, 2015, http://bit.ly/1ztrYbq]
  • The private sector is the main driver in the fight against poverty, providing 9 in 10 jobs. [UNIDO IFC: Jobs Study, 2013]
  • Youth unemployment situation is common to all regions and is occurring despite improvements in average educational attainment of youth cohorts, thereby fueling social discontent. [ILO,World Employment Social Outlook, 2015, http://bit.ly/1ztrYbq]
  • An estimated 400 million youth worldwide – or about 1/3 of all youth aged 15 to 24 – suffer from a deficit of decent work opportunities.[FAO ILO, 2013, http://bit.ly/1IeueGJ]
  • About 152 million young workers live in households that are below the poverty line ($1.25 per day), comprising 24 percent of all working poor. [ILO, Global Jobs Pact ? Policy Brief No. 14, 2010, http://bit.ly/1dgT2kF]
  • Whether youth are enrolled in school, work, are receiving training, or underemployed or unemployed has important implications for future economic growth and development and stability. [ILO, 2014, http://bit.ly/1CtDAZ6]
  • 225 million youth, or 20% of all youth in the developing world, are not in education, employment, or training. [UNESCO UNDESA, 2011,http://bit.ly/1BBk3uC]
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, more than 80% of young workers work in the informal sector. [UNDP, Empowered Youth Sustainable Future, http://bit.ly/1NgLyLt]
  • 200 million young people in developing countries have not completed primary school and, therefore, lack the necessary skills for work. About 58% are young women. [UNDP, Empowered Youth Sustainable Future, http://bit.ly/1NgLyLt]
  • In the Middle East and North Africa, nearly 40% of firms reported that mismatched skills are a major constraint to business operations. [UNDP, Empowered Youth Sustainable Future, http://bit.ly/1NgLyLt]
  • The amount of entrepreneurs increases following the rate of youth unemployment. [ILO, 2015, http://bit.ly/1vPRVz6]
  • About one in 3 youth aged 15 to 24 suffers from a deficit of decent work opportunities. [Millennium Development Goals, Goal 1, target 1.B -FAO and YUNGA]

Source: UN Envoy on Youth Website


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