Employment policies and data

Youth employment and unemployment


 The global financial crisis has reinforced the message that more must be done to provide youth with the skills and help they need to get a better start in the labour market and progress in their careers.

THE Oecd action plan for youth

The OECD Action Plan for Youth sets out a comprehensive range of measures that OECD Member countries have committed to take to:

  • tackle the current situation of high youth unemployment and underemployment.
  • and to promote better outcomes for youth in the longer run by equipping them with relevant skills and removing barriers to their employment.

Read the OECD Action Plan for Youth:

Action Plan for Youth

Investing in youth

This new series analyses the school-to-work transitions of youth in emerging economies and provides policy options to help develop education systems and labour market arrangements that work together well. Economic growth and social cohesion in many emerging economies are often held back by poor labour market outcomes of youth.

The overview covers a special analysis of disadvantaged groups of young people, in particular those not in employment, education or training (NEET), an analysis of the pathways between school and the labour market as well as a review of cash transfers and in-kind programmes aimed at helping youth in different countries.

See also: 

  • Same Same but Different: School-to-work Transitions in Emerging and Advanced Economies
    Quintini G. and Martin S. (2014), OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 154
    This paper analyses youth labour market outcomes in 16 countries: eight emerging countries and eight advanced economies. In light of this analysis, it also discusses differences and similarities in the policy measures countries have at their disposal to tackle the key emerging challenges.
  • NEET Youth in the Aftermath of the Crisis: Challenges and Policies
    Carcillo S. et al. (2015), OECD Social, Employment and Migration Working Papers, No. 164.
    NEET rates have not yet recovered from the crisis. There are large differences in youth unemployment and inactivity across countries, and these differences were further exacerbated by the recession.


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