OECD Labour and Employment Ministerial: Tackling the Jobs Crisis


OECD Labour and Employment Ministerial Meeting

Tackling the Jobs Crisis: the Labour Market and Social Policy Response

Paris, 28-29 September 2009

This two-day event included a Policy Forum (morning of the 28th) and the Ministerial meeting (afternoon of the 28th and the 29th).

 Further Information


 Photos

 Opening remarks, opening remarks by Angel Gurria, OECD  Secretary-general

 Beyond the crisis: what is the jobs potential of shifting towards a low-carbon economy?  by Angel Gurria, OECD Secretary- general

 List of Participants

The financial and economic crisis has rapidly turned into a jobs crisis with large job losses and potentially severe social consequences. The OECD Employment and Labour Ministers met to discuss how best can labour market and social policies help workers and low income households weather the storm of the crisis. Read their Final Communiqué (also available in French and German).



The Ministerial meeting was divided into three themed sessions:

  • The jobs crisis: What are the implications for Employment and Social Policy?;

  • Maintaining the activation stance during the crisis;

  • Helping youth get a firm foothold in the labour market.

Find out more about the issues that will be discussed at the meeting.

The jobs crisis in numbers

- The OECD average unemployment rate reached 8.5% in July 2009, the highest level in the Post-War period.

- Since December 2007, about 15.1 million workers have joined the ranks of the unemployed.

- By 2010, the unemployment rate could approach 10% in the OECD area, an 80% increase and 25 million additional unemployed compared with 2007.

- By comparison, the unemployment rate rose by 50% during the first oil shock of the 1970s.

- Most countries have scaled up resources for labour market and social policies to support the rapidly growing number of unemployed, but additional funds are often rather limited and governments are facing difficult choices on how best to respond to the different demands.

The current unemployment hike is the worst in recent decades

What can governments do?

Interview with Stefano Scarpetta, Head of the OECD Employment Analysis and Policy Division



Permanent URL: www.oecd.org/employment/ministerial



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