Where can the youth find employment?


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July 15 marks World Youth Skills Day. The youth1—those born between 1994 and 2003—account for 16% of the world's total population. These 1.2 billion people are likely first-time job seekers or those relatively new to the labor market.

Where can they find employment? In the early 2000s, the Services sector surpassed Agriculture to become the world’s largest employer. Today, Services accounts for 50 percent of employment, while Agriculture and Industry make up 30 and 20 percent, respectively.

Sector employment data does not delve into one’s employment status (e.g. salaried worker versus self-employed worker) or occupation. But the global employment shift from Agriculture and other labor-intensive activities to the Services sector suggests that there are changes in required skills—especially in the poorer economies, which are largely agriculture-based.

Visit the World Development Indicators page, or the World Bank Open Data page to learn more about the employment in Services, Industry, and Agriculture indicators used in this blog.

The United Nations defines youth as the population aged 15-24 (https://www.un.org/development/desa/youth/what-we-do/faq.html).


Hiroko Maeda

Program Manager, Development Data Group

Daniel Wilson Ndyetabula
July 23, 2019

I am an Agribusiness Economist and i look forward to participate actively in the conversation

July 23, 2019

The quality of the information is helpful in making insights

Ajaye Jogoo
July 23, 2019


Angela Ononwu
July 23, 2019

Happy to be part of this global discuss

Vanessa Charles
July 23, 2019

I think together we will keep our world in a good way a bring light for the next generation.

David Popoola
September 10, 2019

I am a an agricultural Economist, a business consultant, kudos for this world class report.
I however love to appreciate the report more if it is decomposed on continental basis if data are well available.
Thank you.