Youth in developed countries hardest hit by unemployment

Young people

Young people in the developed countries have been hardest hit by unemployment as a result of the global economic crisis according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

In a new report, the agency warns of what it calls a 'scarred' generation of young people who don't have jobs.

It says that globally the number of unemployed youth dropped slightly since its peak of 75. 8 million in 2009 to 75.1 million late last year.

ILO's specialist in youth employment, Sara Elder says that young people in the developed economies and the European Union have paid a heavy price during the current economic crisis.

"Not only did the region show the largest jump by far in the youth unemployment rate during the peak of the crisis, but it is also one of only three regions where the youth unemployment rates continue to creep up between 2009 and 2010. So we see that the situation here is certainly not getting in young people and is unlikely to get better in the next couple of years."

The ILO says that in the developing countries young people are working but poor.

In the Middle East and North Africa, the agency adds, the rate of youth unemployment has been about 25 per cent for at least three decades.

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World's youth facing worsening jobs crisis, new UN report says

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