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Youth Unemployment Rate

Definition:

Percentage of all unemployed persons in the labour force (age 15 to 24)

Methods and Limitations:

The unemployment rate is the number of unemployed persons (ages 15-24) expressed as a percentage of  the labour force. The unemployment rate for a particular group (age, sex, marital status, etc.) is  the number unemployed in that group expressed as a percentage of the labour force for that  group. Estimates are percentages, rounded to the nearest tenth. 

To ensure respondent confidentiality, estimates below a certain threshold are suppressed. For  Canada, Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia suppression is applied to all data below  1,500. The threshold level for Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,  Manitoba and Saskatchewan is 500, while in Prince Edward Island, estimates under 200 are  supressed. For census metropolitan areas (CMAs) and economic regions (ERs), use their  respective provincial suppression levels mentioned above. Estimates are based on smaller  sample sizes the more detailed the table becomes, which could result in lower data quality. 

Source (s):

CMAs: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0385-01  Labour force characteristics, annual

CAs: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0385-01  Labour force characteristics, annual

Provincial & National Data: Statistics Canada. Table 14-10-0327-01  Labour force characteristics by sex and detailed age group, annual

 
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Youth Unemployment Rate in the Sustainable Development Goals

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8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all
8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

8. Promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment and decent work for all

Roughly half the world’s population still lives on the equivalent of about US$2 a day. And in too many places, having a job doesn’t guarantee the ability to escape from poverty. This slow and uneven progress requires us to rethink and retool our economic and social policies aimed at eradicating poverty.

A continued lack of decent work opportunities, insufficient investments and under-consumption lead to an erosion of the basic social contract underlying democratic societies: that all must share in progress. The creation of quality jobs will remain a major challenge for almost all economies well beyond 2015.

Sustainable economic growth will require societies to create the conditions that allow people to have quality jobs that stimulate the economy while not harming the environment. Job opportunities and decent working conditions are also required for the whole working age population.

Related Youth Unemployment Rate Targets

8.6

By 2020, substantially reduce the proportion of youth not in employment, education or training