The youth employment opportunity

Understanding labor market policies

More than 70 million young people are unemployed. 262 million youth are not in employment, education or training (NEETS) across developing countries and one in five young people aged 15-24 have been out of work for more than 12 months, across OECD countries.

High youth unemployment hampers economic growth and negatively impacts the health and wellbeing of young people, and their opportunity to lead productive and rewarding lives. It also has long term financial implications like funding retiree pensions and health care, which may be even more challenging than otherwise. How can we make a bigger impact to address this challenge?

Governments, business, and civil society are actively taking steps to address youth unemployment but it is clear that some policies work better than others. But which ones and why? This report collates the perspectives of national employer organizations in an effort to provide a more comparative and global picture of what is being implemented across countries. It is a joint initiative of the International Organization of Employers (IOE), Business and Industry Advisory Committee to OECD (BIAC), and Deloitte Global.

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