Knowledge Note

"Prioritizing youth employment and maximizing youth productivity in the COVID-19 recovery process will improve Asia and the Pacific’s future prospects for inclusive and sustainable growth, demographic transition and social stability."

This report assesses the damaging impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on youth employment in Asia and the Pacific and recommends critical policy responses. 

The report—a collaborative effort between the International Labour Organization, Bangkok (Thailand) and Asian Development Bank, Manila (Philippines), 2020—finds that the employment prospects of the region’s 660 million young people are severely challenged. They will be hit harder than adults and risk higher longer-term economic and social costs. The report urges governments to engage with young people in policy and social dialogue and to adopt urgent, large-scale, and targeted interventions. These need to focus on labor market policies such as youth-targeted wage subsidies and public employment programs, and measures to mitigate disruptions to education and training. 

This Knowledge Note is an overview of the report titled "Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific". To access the full report, click HERE.

Attribution: Tackling the COVID-19 youth employment crisis in Asia and the Pacific: International Labour Organization, Bangkok (Thailand), and Asian Development Bank, Manila (Philippines), 2020.  This is an adaptation of an original work by the International Labour Office (ILO) and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Responsibility for the views and opinions expressed in the adaptation rests solely with the author or authors of the adaptation and are not endorsed by the ILO or ADB.