Youth jobs situation remains critical in major economies

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The jobs situation for young people in the major economies, known as the G20, remains critical, according to the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The G20 is a group of 19 countries plus the European Union which represent two thirds of the world's population and more than 80 per cent of the world's gross domestic product, or GDP.

Charles Appel reports.

The ILO says that nearly 18 million young people are unemployed in 17 of the G20 countries for which data is available.

Data presented by the ILO at a meeting of the G20 in Geneva shows that youth unemployment rates range from about 8 per cent to over 50 per cent in 17 of the 20 member countries.

The ILO, which made youth a key part of its work and at the International Labour Conference in June this year, launched a Call for Action to foster pro-employment growth.

It says decent job creation can be achieved by among other things, designing policies that promote employability and encouraging young people to be entrepreneurs.

Charles Appel, United Nations.

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