Global unemployment, decent work deficits to remain high in 2018 — ILO


By Victor Ahiuma-Young

As the global economy recovers but with a growing labour force, global unemployment in 2018 is projected to remain at a similar level to last year’s, according to a new report by the International Labour Organisation, ILO.

Going by the World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2018, just released by the world body, the global unemployment rate has been stabilizing after a rise in 2016.


It is expected to have reached 5.6 per cent in 2017, with the total number of unemployed exceeding 192 million persons.

The report noted that  the long-term global economic outlook remains modest despite stronger than expected growth in 2017, explaining that the positive trend between 2017 and 2018 is due mainly to the strong performance of labour markets in developed countries, where the unemployment rate is projected to fall by an additional 0.2 percentage…

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