This report prepared by the International Labour Organization (ILO) in May 2020, shortly after the pandemic struck, sheds light on the disproportional impact it has had on the youth aged 15 – 24. The unemployment rate which was already about 3 times higher than for adults prior to the pandemic is now around 25% for youth in the US, Canada, EU, and Australia. These are staggering numbers. The report suggests several paths forward. green technologies, apprenticeships, investments in the digital economy – to which younger people are better suited, large infrastructure programs, etc. In other words, nothing that hasn’t been proposed before except the need for immediate action is now even greater than before. The report is good reading for anyone who has the interest of young people at heart.
Preventing exclusion from the labour market: Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis
This policy brief highlights how youth, especially women, are being severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The crisis is likely to be particularly severe for youth across three dimensions: (1) disruptions to education, training and work-based learning; (2) increased difficulties for young jobseekers and new labour market entrants; and (3) job and income losses, along with deteriorating quality of employment. The brief calls for urgent, comprehensive and targeted policy responses to the global pandemic