World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019

THEME: Mobilising for socio, economic and political campaigns

TITLE: World Employment and Social Outlook: Trends 2019


WHO IS THIS FOR? This publication is aimed at worker educators, labour academics, researchers and trade union leaders.

This report provides an overview of global and regional trends in employment, unemployment, labour force participation and productivity, as well as employment status, informal employment and working poverty. It also examines income and social developments, and provides an indicator of social unrest.

A key finding is that poor job quality is a prime concern for the most of the global labour force. In addition, unemployment and labour underutilisation remain high in many countries, despite improvements in recent years.


The report also takes stock of progress with respect to targets for Sustainable Development Goal 8, which has been slower than anticipated.

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