Reports and Campaigns

spotAbout the Socialist Party




spotElection campaigns



spotSocialist women


spotYouth and Students

All keywords

Socialist Party Facebook page
Socialist Party on Twitter
Visit us on Youtube

Youth keywords:

Apathy (2)

Apprenticeships (24)

ASBOs (7)

Black youth (11)

Campaign to Defeat Fees (40)

Childrens homes (1)

Croxteth Comprehensive School (1)

Educational Maintenance Allowance (4)

EMA (65)

Freshers fairs (10)

Gangs (4)

Grants (24)

Policing (34)

Sick Of Your Boss (17)

Students (1054)

Teenage obesity (1)

Workfare (43)

Workfare protests (6)

YFJ (97)

Young people (538)

Young workers (64)

Youth (555)

Youth Fight for Education (12)

Youth Fight for Jobs (362)

Reports and campaigns:

Anti-capitalism (1235)

Anti-fascist (561)

Anti-racism (701)

Anti-war (1487)

Asylum (209)

Black and Asian (391)

Children (372)

CNWP (108)

Corporate crime (2)

Disability (200)

Education (3889)

Election campaigns (2440)

Environment (603)

EU (449)

Finance (99)

Food (270)

Health and safety (33)

Health and welfare (311)

Housing (1025)

Human Rights (379)

LGBT Pride (141)

Local government (2169)

Local services (3643)

Low pay (506)

Migration (56)

Nationalisation (145)

New workers party (467)

NHS (1832)

Pensions (700)

Post Office (222)

Poverty (571)

Privatisation (1014)

Public Services (1125)

Socialism (867)

Socialist (43)

Sport (195)

Stop the slaughter of Tamils (89)

Students (1813)

The state (1366)

Transport (547)

TUSC (997)

Welfare rights (710)

Women (758)

Workplace and TU campaigns (8233)

Youth (1957)

Related websites

Youth Fight For Jobs

Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition

National Shop Stewards Network

Tamil Solidarity

Highlight keywords  |Print this articlePrint this article
From: Notebook, 25 May 2012: Brief articles and notes on the Socialist Party website

Search site for keywords: Global - Youth - Young people - Jobs

Youth unemployment sky-rocketing

According to the latest United Nations International Labour Organisation (ILO) report (Global Trends for Youth) the number of unemployed young people worldwide has risen by four million since 2007.

Some 13% of people aged between 15 and 24 - that's 75 million - are jobless. In the European Union that figure rises to 20%. In Spain it is over 50%.

Last year, north Africa witnessed uprisings and revolutions against various dictatorships but these movements, often triggered by pressing social problems such as mass unemployment and poverty, fell short of overthrowing capitalism and landlordism.

Consequently youth unemployment there has risen 5% on the 2010 regional figure to 28%.

The ILO reckons that six million are so disillusioned they have given up looking for work. Many of this 'lost generation' could drift into criminality as a result.

Even those with skills are increasingly finding it impossible to secure full-time jobs and instead are being forced into part-time and unskilled work.

This pessimistic report also says that the jobs prospects for young people will remain bleak for the next four years.

All the ILO can suggest for a remedy is to give employers (more) tax breaks. In other words bribe employers with public subsidies to engage more young people.

This and many other fixes have been tried and failed. Fundamentally the report fails to understand that the capitalists won't invest in jobs if the rate of profit isn't sufficient.

The socialist conclusion to this impasse is simple: change the system!

Dave Carr

This version of this article was first posted on the Socialist Party website on 25 May 2012 and may vary slightly from the version subsequently printed in The Socialist.

Join the Socialist Party Join us today!

Printable version Printable version

Facebook   Twitter

Related links:


triangleSE London Socialist Students & Socialist Party: Global warming - A global threat

triangleExtreme weather events and global warming

triangleGlobal finance: Are those storm clouds ahead?

triangleCaerphilly Socialist Party: Global socialism - Report from CWI school

triangleTories forced to publish useless plans on toxic air


triangle4,800 young people hurt after officers 'restrain' them

triangleFight for free education

triangleWhy do young people need socialism?

Young people:

triangleMarch for free education! We demand a future!

triangleWalk out against tuition fees on Budget Day!

triangleWe can win the vote at 16!


trianglePlymouth PCS members fight relocation threat

triangleIs cuts-making Preston 'beating Tory austerity'?