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Lost in COVID-19 limbo-land: Pandemic hits youth employment hard
The COVID-19 pandemic has disproportionately affected young people not only in terms of their participation in the labour market but also through severe disruptions in education and training. In this podcast, ILO senior youth employment experts Niall O’Higgins and Sher Verick analyze the current situation and where we are headed.
The COVID-19 pandemic has hit the world’s young workers hard. While the pandemic has had an unprecedented impact across the global workforce, youth have suffered greater job losses than other age groups.
According to the latest ILO statistical update on the impact of COVID, which came out just before World Youth Skills Day on 15 July, employment of young people aged 15 to 24 fell sharply in 2020.
What’s more, the crisis and lockdown measures constrained young people from even looking for work, increasing the so-called NEETs—young people not in employment, education, and training—last year, leaving young people worse off for years to come.
Senior Economist, Employment Analysis Unit
Employment, Labour Market and Youth BranchILO Employment Policy Department
Head of the Employment Strategies Unit
Employment, Labour Market and Youth Branch
ILO Employment Policy Department
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