"Fairly disappointing" unemployment outlook over the next two years

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ILO Director-General Guy Ryder. UN Photo/Ryan Brown

High unemployment rates will continue to prevail in 2016, according to a new report from the UN's labour body.

It estimates just over 197 million people worldwide were jobless in 2015, or 27 million more than before the 2008 economic crisis.

Dianne Penn has the story.

The report has been described as "a fairly disappointing outlook."

It forecasts that unemployment will rise to 199.4 million this year.

A further 1.1 million people are also predicted to join the ranks of the jobless in 2017.

Guy Ryder is Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), which has published the report.

He added that while millions of people are working, many are still poor.

"There are 327 million people working but remaining in extreme poverty. And add to that a further, an additional, 434 million in moderate poverty: working, but in moderate poverty; and a further 553 million in near poverty. And you will see that regrettably, the fact of actually being at work does not for many people in the world guarantee an escape from poverty."

Mr Ryder said the challenge is to ensure that jobs being created do indeed provide decent work.

He also called for more focus on social protection schemes and on those who are disadvantaged when it comes to looking for a job, such as young people, women, people with disabilities, older workers and the long-term unemployed.

Dianne Penn, United Nations.

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