Global Employment Trends January 2009

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on February 15, 2009

EU: Unemployment, working poor and vulnerable employment to increase dramatically due to global economic crisis.

  • Global Employment Trends January 2009, International Labour Organization: “The global financial crisis has triggered a serious slowdown in world economic growth including recession in the largest industrialized countries. Enterprises have stopped hiring and many are laying off workers in considerable numbers. This report examines what we know already about the impact of the crisis on jobs and what we could expect from several possible scenarios of the way it might evolve in the year ahead. In 2008, an estimated 6.0 per cent of the world’s workers were not working but looking for a job, up from 5.7 per cent in 2007. Experience shows that the longer people stay out of work the more their “employability” deteriorates, making it progressively harder to get back into work. This is especially worrying for young workers who may get trapped into a lifetime of weak attachment to the labour market alternating between low paid insecure work and
    outright unemployment.”

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