World jobless numbers rise, says UN labour agency

 
Protesters in Los Angeles holding signs saying "I Want to Work". File photo The ILO said that 6% of the world's workforce were without a job in 2012

The number of jobless people around the world rose by 4 million in 2012 to 197 million and is expected to grow further, the UN labour agency warns.

In a report, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said the worst affected were youth: nearly 13% of the under 24s were unemployed.

It said global unemployment was projected to rise 5.1 million this year and by a further 3 million in 2014.

The trend reflected a downturn in economic growth, the document said.

This was particularly the case in developed countries.

'Massive waste'

The report - Global Employment Trends 2013 - said that 6% of the world's workforce were without a job in 2012.

It revealed that long-term unemployment was also growing, pointing out that a third of Europe's jobless had been without work for more than a year.

Many were giving up, with the report estimating that 39 million people had withdrawn from the labour market.

"An uncertain economic outlook, and the inadequacy of policy to counter this, has weakened aggregate demand, holding back investment and hiring," ILO director general Guy Ryder said.

The report also called for more funds to be injected in vocational training to equip young people to do the jobs available.

"This is a massive waste of the lives of young people and their talents, and extraordinarily damaging to the people themselves and their societies," Mr Ryder said.

The ILO pointed out that countries which had retained apprenticeships - such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland - had the lowest levels of youth unemployment.

 

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  • rate this
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    Comment number 145.

    We survived for thousands of years before even the concept of 'jobs' was invented.
    Why do you need to rely on someone else to give you a job?
    Just start offering something to others that they will pay for, be it a skill, service, or whatever. Start your own business.

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    Comment number 144.

    Many people today; at least in the western world, do not care to work anymore because opportunities are scarce; and people feel unappreciated for their hard work and be treated like dirt. All these baby boomers now in managerial positions vow that they will not leave and ask so that they can retire at 70. So few opportunity; no advance prospect; why bother, can just enjoy lives if have money!

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    Comment number 143.

    At least the west has tons of clean air and no dirty low paying jobs to work at.

    And the food is so cheap that you can afford to throw most of it away.

    Keep the laws coming and stop multinational companies from coming too.

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    Comment number 142.

    Whether we like It or not the Earth we are living will one day be out of Natural Resource to support Mankind unless Science conquers another planet.Uncontrolled Population growth & the absence of Peace in this world are also contributing factors which could be controlled if we have the will to do.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 141.

    As more become unemployed, there are far too many politicians serving the less employed who can not afford the upkeep of such top heavy bureaucracy.

    In an ideal world everyone would have a job, but as it is not, a compromise has to be reached.

    Time to remove some of those politicians that are causing the problems, or do nothing to relieve the situation, or change society's plan to meet reality.

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    Comment number 140.

    Well Iceland seem to be doing well ,after placing bankers and MP's in prison, sounds like good logic..:)

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    Comment number 139.

    135.Warezlog
    "Outsourcing is the major problem that caused the job drop"

    Only in the West. In Asia, outsourcing has created millions of jobs.

    The balance of economic power is shifting eastwards, and as the West declines we shall see more Obama-style politicians, trading on envy & fear.

    #129 - good analysis

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    Comment number 138.

    The politicians' tricks & interference in markets has had the reverse effects of those intended. Rigid labour markets (eg Spain's) lose jobs while politicians pontificate about solidarity & social protection.

    When will the politicians step back and allow capitalism to work unhindered, thereby delivering prosperity? It's as though Friedman & Hayek never existed. We have short memories.

  • rate this
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    Comment number 137.

    While the rich get richer !!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 136.

    Since capitalism has abandoned us to exploit others even more, then it's time we abandon capitalism to create a free, democratic, cooperative alternative where we workers, those whose labor creates the wealth, also appropriates and distributes it to ourselves and the community. Here's one real world example among many: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B9PGjulkUhY&safe=active

  • rate this
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    Comment number 135.

    Outsourcing is the major problem that caused the job drop.
    If countries avoid outsourcing jobs it will help in providing job for some but sudden stop of outsourcing will also affect global job stability.

    Check this top 10 entrepreneur's say on this - http://www.softwaresbyvishnu.info/ebooks-and-magazines/entrepreneur-february-2013/

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    Comment number 134.

    They centralise the wealth amongst a few banking elitests; cut costs of production by cutting people and replacing them with either machinery or just piling more work on less people and wonder why so many unemployed?

    All propaganda to convince us the world is over-populated (classic centuries old elitest ideology) but I'm not having i. There's just too many greedy rich people, simple as that.

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    Comment number 133.

    Only 4 million extra across the whole world, strikes me as a small difference, given the huge general economic downturn. Nations need to prevent all migration, in or out, so as not to lose local work to foreigners, or harm coming from a skills drain. The EU in particular needs to end and prevent all free movement. Let, or make, each nation sort itself out, rebalance local training to local work.

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    Comment number 132.

    Rodders aka Dave, nicknack1, Little_Old_Me

    OK: 'fund' not 'maintain', 'sections' rather than whole industries. BUT I still think that eliminating rich people is not a magic solution. The system is broken beyond that.

    If you earn 1 million excess pounds a year you could give 10,000 a year to 100 people. Great. Most of the 'money' is already tied up in businesses, and is imaginary anyway...

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    Comment number 131.

    The government is not helping the situation at all. Keeping house prices high so only a select group can afford one. Allowing overseas buyers to buy property.
    Then they want people to be "entrepreneurial". Well It's a bit hard to be that when your stuck in someone elses 7ft square bedroom with a boomer constantly reminding you that it is "their house" if you stray outside the box!

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    Comment number 130.

    It will all come to a head soon.

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    Comment number 129.

    And who's being protected again from all the mess they caused? Yep, the rude boomers! Mollycoddled from cradle to grave, given everything and more. Allowed to steal from the greatest generation and their children so that they could continue to have an easy life. Disgusting generation, but there's one thing money can't buy and it's heading their way soon!

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    Comment number 128.

    Thing is now, there are alot of people hitting their 40's who were, and still are shafted by that thing that was in power when they were kids. "Work hard and you'll get your rewards" it said. Well these people busted their backsides and still have no home & family to show for it. Now that they are being made redundant, their attitude along with the youths is "sod it, state can pay now"!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 127.

    AHA!! The UN knows what to do about joblessness???
    That would make a first.UN solving ANYTHING!!
    Just look atClimateChange! THAT was aUN Idea.....
    Better if they finally paid the Rent they OWE on the UN building first!

    The UN cannot solve anything, only talk about it whilst condemning democracies and interceding for Tyrants!

  • rate this
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    Comment number 126.

    It's called peak oil. Welcome to the new norm.

 

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