Young and jobless trail
30 October 2013 Last updated at 09:44 GMT
Around the world 73 million young adults are out of work and it is forecast that the situation is going to get worse.
As BBC News starts its season on global youth unemployment, Justin Rowlatt takes us through some of the numbers and where the problem is worse, and the impact it is having on society.
Find out more about the BBC's Young and Jobless season.