Labour Activation in a Time of High Unemployment Joint OECD/University of Maryland International Conference, 14-15 November 2011
Policies that promote job creation, better job opportunities and well-functioning social safety nets are crucial for helping the many who are still struggling to find jobs. These policies are not just spending items in a strained public budget. They are a vital social investment for the future, to help move our economies onto a path of sustainable economic growth and well-being.
"200 million people are out of work worldwide, close to the peak recorded at the depth of the Great Recession" warn OECD and ILO at the G20 Labour and Employment Ministers meet in Paris.
G20 Labour and Employment Ministerial, Paris 26-27 September 2011
Joining the world of work has been a rite of passage for centuries. But what does working life in the 21st century look like – and what are the social and economic consequences of a world where, for millions, no job and no immediate prospect of one marks the transition to adulthood?
The challenges of tackling high and persistent unemployment, especially for the young people, improving job opportunities and ensuring adequate social safety nets should be at the top of the political agenda, said OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría.
I examine the effect of labour market policies and institutions on the transmission of macroeconomic shocks to the labour market, using both aggregate and industry-level annual data for 23 OECD countries, 23 business-sector industries and up to 29 years.
Mismatches between workers’ competences and what is required by their job are widespread in OECD countries. that use qualifications as proxies for competences suggest that as many as one in four workers could be over-qualified...
This report makes an important contribution to a new agenda of youth-friendly employment policies and practices. It analyses the situation of youth employment and unemployment in the context of the jobs crisis and identifies successful policy measures in OECD countries.
Our on-line database brings together data and indicators constructed to support the analyses presented in various editions of the OECD Employment Outlook as well as selected short-term indicators.