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Jobless youths a major issue

Atasa Moceituba
Wednesday, August 13, 2014

YOUTH unemployment and underemployment ranks high and is highlighted to be a major issue and challenges young people in the Pacific face today.

And according to the International Labour Organization (ILO) decent work and social justice are building blocks for sustainable development.

Its latest publication Decent Work and Social Justice in Pacific Island Developing States states there is a lack of up-to-date labour market and employment information making analysis and evidence based policy particularly challenging.

"Youth unemployment rates in the Pacific is estimated at 23 per cent and the situation is particularly dire in countries such as Marshall Islands, Kiribati and Solomon Islands.

"The figures basically represent the percentage of young people who want to work, who are ready to work, who are currently looking for work but are not able to secure a job or there is just no jobs."