Global picture of world employment "familiar" and "not encouraging"

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Guy Ryder. Photo: ILO

A new employment and social report has been described as "familiar" and "not very encouraging" by the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO).

Guy Ryder says the global economy is continuing to grow at tepid rates, which has consequences for the unemployment situation.

He said that is where the core of what he called the "bad news" resides in the report.

"In the coming year 2015, we foresee a rise of some three million in the global unemployment rate. More disturbing still is the fact that in the medium term, our forecasts are for continued increase in global unemployment, which would take us up to some 212 million in 2019."

Mr Ryder added that the ILO is drawing attention to disadvantaged groups, such as young people.

According to estimates, those between ages 15 to 24 are three times more likely to be unemployed than other members of the workforce.

Meanwhile, there has been some improvement in countries with advanced economies, such as the US, Japan and the United Kingdom.

However, the report underlines the situation has deteriorated in emerging middle income countries and developing regions, such as Latin America and the Caribbean, China and Russia.

Stephanie Coutrix, United Nations.

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