Effort to meet 2030 poverty goal jeopardized by youth unemployment: ILO

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The effort to meet the Sustainable Development Goal of ending poverty by 2030 is being jeopardized by "alarming" youth unemployment rates, among other factors.

That's according the latest World Employment and Social Outlook report from the International Labour Organization (ILO).

The research published on Wednesday for 2016, estimates that global youth joblessness is expected to reach 13.1 per cent, a small rise compared with last year.

Daniel Dickinson has more.

The ILO figures on youth trends show that the global unemployment figure is set to rise for the first time in three years by around 500,000, up to 71 million.

Of great concern, said the ILO, is the share of young people, often in developing countries, who live in extreme or moderate poverty, despite having a job.

That figure stands at just over 37 per cent of working youth, which is more than ten points higher that the figure for working adults.

Here's ILO Senior Economist, Steven Tobin, speaking in Geneva.

"Given this two-fold story of rising unemployment rate on the one hand, and persistently high working poverty rates on the other hand, it will be very difficult to reach the goal that we have set to end poverty by 2030 unless we redouble our efforts to achieve sustainable economic growth and decent work, including for youth."

The statistics, the ILOm said, also point to a worrying gender gap between young men and women in the labour market, that needs to be "urgently addressed" as a matter of urgency by Member States and social policy partners.

Daniel Dickinson, United Nations.

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