Action Guide 4: Creating decent jobs for youth
Today, an estimated 68 million young people are unemployed and actively looking for work. Young people are three times as likely to be unemployed as adults – a ratio which has changed little in recent years. To make matters worse, the period between leaving school and finding work is becoming longer and more uncertain, hindering young people’s access to decent work opportunities and impacting their lifelong career and earnings prospects. Evidence shows that for young people, spells of unemployment can lead to a number of scarring effects that can endure for decades, including lower employment prospects and lower wages.