68 million
young people are currently unemployed
136 million
young people are trapped in working poverty
40 million
people, mostly youth, enter the workforce every year

Sub-Saharan Africa

Young workers are much more likely to live in poverty than adults.

9 million

young people are currently unemployed

64 million

young people are working but living in poverty

20 per cent

of young people are not in employment, education or training

The youth employment challenge is enormous. But it is not insurmountable. We have a vision of a world where young women and men everywhere can earn a fair income while working in conditions of security, dignity and equality. Getting young people into decent jobs is not just essential for their future, but for the future of our local communities, our countries and our global society. Decent jobs for youth are also essential to realizing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Investing in youth employment requires a collaborative approach to prioritizing job creation while helping youth to overcome specific disadvantages, such as skills mismatch and discrimination.