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MidEast's jobless youths to rise 2% by 2017

Unemployment rate among young people in region forecast to become worst in world

MidEast's jobless youths to rise 2% by 2017

Unemployment among young people in the Middle East is forecast to rise by two percent over the next five years as the euro crisis hits emerging economies, the International Labour Organisation said on Tuesday.

The ILO said jobless rates among people under 25 worldwide are expected to inch up to 12.9 percent by 2017, but youth in developing countries will be worst affected.

The Middle East which already has one of the worst youth jobless rates (26.4 percent), second only to North Africa, will see the rate rise to 28.4 percent by 2017, overtaking North Africa.

"The impact of the euro crisis is expected to expand well beyond Europe, affecting economies in East Asia and Latin America as exports to advanced economies have faltered," the ILO said in a new report.

Ekkehard Ernst, chief of the ILO’s Employment Trends Unit, added: “Ironically, only in developed economies are youth unemployment rates expected to fall in the coming years, but this follows the largest increase in youth unemployment among all regions since the start of the crisis."

The new forecasts show the youth unemployment rate in developed economies dropping gradually, from 17.5 percent this year to 15.6 percent in 2017.

This is still far higher than the rate of 12.5 percent registered in 2007, before the crisis struck.

Much of this decline in the jobless rate is not due to improvements in the labour market, but rather to large numbers of young people dropping out of the labour force altogether due to discouragement, the ILO said.

"In North Africa and the Middle East, youth unemployment rates are projected to remain above 25 percent over the next years and might even rise further in parts of these regions," the study added.

At its annual conference in June, the ILO adopted a resolution calling for immediate, targeted and renewed action to tackle the youth employment crisis.

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JAY 8 years ago

Its simple the majority are used to a spoiled upbringing where government and parents give them everything and they have never had to work for anything so they never understand the true value of work or work experience
the youth have an intant gratification i want it now attitude and the government hands them everything and they will wait for that promised government sector job
Make work experience as part of high school or university a mandatory experience then they understand getting up every morning and going to work is a way of life and reality
I have just interviewed 10 Kuwaiti for my company only 1 really had the right attitude and was prepared to really do whatever to progress 2 just wanted to turn up do nothing and get paid for doing it the rest were not serious about looking for jobs
thier attitude will determine thier altitude and thats why we expats are here cause we have the attitude to get the job done