Elizabeth Tinoco, Director of the International Labour Organization (ILO) for Latin America and the Caribbean called on governments to take “specific actions” to generate “more and better jobs” for young people.
In the latest ILO global report, Tinoco said the overall unemployment rate for those between 15 and 24 years is 12.9% and the tendency is worsening.
Despite being one of the regions with less growth in terms of youth unemployment, the report indicates that young people have not fully benefited from the labor and social improvements that have occurred.
Youth unemployment is 2.8 times higher than adults in the region. 51.7% of young people who neither study nor work in the region, amounting to 19% of the total, said they handle housework, 23.1% were unemployed and 25.2% had no activities for other reasons, according to the global report.
Tinoco said that this phenomenon is worrying and cause “disappointment for the lack of opportunities, which has the potential to destabilize our societies”.