News, articles and events on youth employment

September 2010

  1. Promoting job creation for young people in multinational enterprises

    01 September 2010

    Liberia’s 14 year war left gaping holes in the infrastructure critical to investment and recovery and delayed a generation of youth from entering the labour market. Today, almost two-thirds of the population live in poverty. Youth between ages of 15 and 35 make up 53 per cent of the workforce, yet constitute 58 per cent of the unemployed. The integration of young people into the labour market is critical for overall economic development and in securing stability in a post-conflict country like Liberia. ILO Online asked Yukiko Arai, senior specialist in the ILO’s Multinational Enterprises Programme, how multinational enterprises (MNEs) can contribute to the generation of more quality jobs for local youth.

August 2010

  1. Message of the ILO Director-General for International Youth Day and International Year of Youth

    11 August 2010

  2. World economic crisis has spurred a record increase in youth unemployment says ILO

    11 August 2010

    Global youth unemployment has reached its highest level on record, and is expected to increase through 2010, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said in a new report issued to coincide with the launch of the UN International Youth Year on 12 August.

  3. ILO to launch new report on the impact of the economic crisis on youth employment

    09 August 2010

    The International Labour Office (ILO) is to launch a new study on youth employment trends to coincide with International Youth Day and the launch of the International Year of Youth on 12 August.

July 2010

  1. Youth employment in crisis: Questions and answers on the situation of youth on the labour market

    14 July 2010

    Young people have been disproportionately affected by the global crisis that broke out in the autumn of 2008. This trend has exacerbated earlier challenges and there is concern that unless action is taken, the situation of youth will become unsustainable, putting social cohesion at threat. Interview with Raymond Torres, Director of the International Institute for Labour Studies and Steven Tobin, ILO economist, co-authors of a new report entitled "Youth employment in crisis".

June 2010

  1. 5th Global Youth Employment Summit (YES): Rework the World

March 2010

  1. Decent Work in India - A triumph of enterprise: Sitabai’s story

    09 March 2010

    Last month, the ILO’s tripartite partners in India – the government, employers and workers – formally adopted a Decent Work Country Programme (DWCP for India). The new programme will focus on enhanced opportunities for productive work for women and men, particularly for youth and vulnerable groups. The experience of a worker in Madhya Pradesh province illustrates what the ILO Decent Work Agenda can mean for workers in the vast country.

April 2009

  1. Impacts of the global financial and economic crisis on child labour and youth employment

    02 April 2009

    The current economic slowdown - retrenchments in many formal economic sectors, reductions in working hours and downward pressure on household incomes - is placing increased pressure on vulnerable households and is likely to augment the incidence of child labour and youth unemployment and underemployment in the Asia and the Pacific region.

December 2008

  1. YEN launches a grant scheme in the Mano River Union to promote youth employment

    01 December 2008

    On December 1, 2008, the Youth Employment Network (YEN) will launch a competitive grant scheme for youth led organizations in the Mano River Union (Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, and Sierra Leone). Applicants can apply for grants between USD 2’000 and 50’000.

  2. ILO and Germany sign two supplementary agreements

    01 December 2008

    The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the International Labour Organization (ILO) have signed two supplementary agreements to promote the ILO’s Decent Work Country Programmes and the Global Labour University in South Africa.