68 million
Globally, nearly 68 million young women & men are looking for a job
123 million
Globally, more than 123 million young people are working, yet living in poverty
270 million
Globally, around one-fifth of young people are not in employment, education, or training (NEET)

Sub-Saharan Africa

A bulging young population and large number of young people in the labour market result in growing numbers of young unemployed, despite the stable youth unemployment rate. Informality is the rule for young women and men in sub-Saharan Africa.

9 million

young people are currently unemployed

65 million

young people are working but living in poverty

19 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.