Youth jobless rate "still well above pre-crisis levels"

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Young women look for work at a job centre in Tianjin, China. Photo: ILO

More than 73 million young people are out of work in the world and the number is set to increase amid an uneven global economic recovery, UN labour experts said Thursday.

The data, which is released annually by the the International Labour Organization (ILO), shows that global youth unemployment is still well above pre-financial crisis levels.

The countries worst affected are those in the Middle East and North Africa, where around three in 10 young people are unemployed.

Daniel Johnson has more.

Announcing a global youth unemployment rate of 13 per cent in 2014, the International Labour Organization (ILO) report shows that getting a job now is still harder than it was before the financial crash in 2008.

The jobless rate is forecast to get a little higher in 2015 too.

Richer countries – such as those in the European Union – have had most success in reducing unemployment among 15 to 24 year-olds since 2012, but only by 1.4 per cent.

And in non-EU east European countries, Latin America, the Caribbean or sub-Saharan Africa, the youth jobless rate fell by just half a per cent.

Nearly all the remaining regions covered in the ILO report – Asia and the Pacific, but particularly the Middle East and North Africa – saw youth unemployment rise, sometimes from already high rates of around 30 per cent.

The study also highlights a persistent gender gap in unemployment.

Here's ILO's Azita Berar-Awad, talking about the Middle East and North Africa.

"There is no doubt that youth unemployment particularly for young women is a structural issue in the region (that) cannot be addressed by economic growth alone."

The ILO report also offers evidence on the value of education, indicating that young people who've been to university find a stable job in one-third of the time it takes a primary school-leaver.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations, Geneva.

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