Pandemic leaves 1 in 6 young people worldwide unemployed: ILO

The rapid increase in youth unemployment recorded from February 2020 onwards affects women more than young men.

At least one in six young people, mainly women, in the world have stopped working since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a report by the International Labour Organization (ILO).

“The Covid-19 crisis is affecting young people more seriously and quickly than any other group. If we do not take immediate and meaningful steps to improve their situation, the legacy of the virus could be with us for decades.

“If your talent and energy are marginalized due to lack of opportunities or skills, this will harm the future of all of us and make it much more difficult to rebuild a better post-Covid economy,” said Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General , when presenting the report.

In the report, called the ILO Observatory: Covid-19 and the world of work, it is stated that these young people are being affected “disproportionately” by the pandemic, and that the rapid increase in youth unemployment registered since February.

With these data, the ILO reveals that this segment of the population is also one of the hardest hit by the health crisis that has not yet ended.

According to data managed by the ILO, in 2019, the youth unemployment rate of 13.6% was already higher than that of any other population group. There were around 267 million young people (or one in five worldwide) who did not work, nor did they follow vocational education or training.

The ILO report calls for urgent, concrete and large-scale policy responses aimed at supporting young people, including comprehensive job guarantee / training programs in developed countries; as well as intensive employment and guarantee programs in countries with low and middle income economies.

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