The ILO and the G7

Set up in 1975, the Group of 7 (G7) brings together the leaders of the world’s leading industrial nations and complements the role of the G20. The ILO actively supports the G7 by contributing data, analysis and policy recommendations on labour, economic and social issues in order to shape;political responses to global challenges.

Facts & Figures

  • The unemployment rate in G7 countries decreased to 4 per cent in 2022 down from 5.2 per cent in 2021 and has dropped slightly below to pre-pandemic levels of 4.3 per cent (2019).
  • The youth unemployment rate (persons aged 15-24) has also decreased to 9.3 per cent in 2022, down from 10.7 per cent in 2021. In 2022, 10.2 per cent of young men and 8.2 per cent of young women in G7 countries were unemployed.
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate remained at 13.8 percentage points in 2022, with no change compared to 2021.
  • The share of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET) of men was estimated at 9.8 per cent in 2022, down from 10.8 per cent in 2021 and 12.3 per cent in 2020. For women, the NEET rate was 10.2 per cent in 2022, down from 11.1 per cent in 2021 and 12.3 per cent in 2020.
  • An estimated 7.8 per cent of the adult (25+) and 18.1 per cent of the youth (15-24) extended labour force was underutilized in 2020, meaning that they were either unemployed, underemployed or in the potential labour force.
Source: ILOSTAT, 7 February 2023, more information: