global policy package to address the global crisis - (pdf
ILO's Global Job Crisis Observatory|
What began as a crisis in finance markets has rapidly become a global jobs
crisis. Unemployment is rising. The number of working poor is increasing.
Businesses are going under. The ILOs' Decent Work Agenda provides the policy
framework to confront the crisis. This website provides information on the
employment and social impact of the crisis and policy responses.
- The ILO's Global
Job Crisis Observatory is making
available, on a monthly basis, the latest data published by
countries, for a selected number of indicators. These are:
and Regional Trends, April 2009 - (pdf
(aggregate level and rate), April 2009 - (pdf
total and paid (aggregate level and rate), April 2009 - (pdf
in non-agricultural activities, total and paid (aggregate
level), April 2009 - (pdf 63.13 KB)
in manufacturing, total and paid (aggregate level), April 2009
- (pdf 61.72 KB)
Weekly Hours of Work in Manufacturing, employees, April 2009 -
(pdf 12.92 KB)
Wages in Manufacturing, employees, April 2009 - (pdf
price indices (percentage change), April 2009 - (pdf
Monthly Information Bulletin, April 2009 - (pdf
403.25 KB) ( (xls
compile and release such data on a monthly, quarterly or half-year
basis. As data are released by national sources, the ILO
disseminates these more broadly through this information bulletin
in advance of the ILO’s regular statistical publications.
have been selected for their ability to reflect recent and short
term changes. Timely information and data on trends in the labour
market and in prices are indispensable to prepare and fine tune
appropriate policy responses. In the current context of a global
economic crisis affecting enterprises, workers and people, this is
even more necessary. Historical data is available from LABORSTA.
Shortening the Global Recession, Accelerating Recovery and Setting Course
for Inclusive and Sustainable World Development
Statement by Mr Juan Somavia,
Director-General of the ILO, to the International Monetary and
Finance Committee and Development Committee (Washington, D.C.,
USA, 25-26 April 2009)
dialogue in times of crisis: What we can learn from the past?
(Part 2: Social dialogue and recession in the 1970-80s in
21 April 2009
Key ILO Documents
Financial and Economic Crisis: A Decent Work Response - (pdf 789 KB)
Employment Trends Report 2009 - (pdf 616KB)
In October 2007, the IMF projected global economic growth for 2008 at 4.8 per cent, but
by October 2008 this rate had been adjusted downward to 3.9 per cent, which was further
adjusted downward to 3.8 per cent in November 2008 (with a more important downward
adjustment for 2009, which will be analysed in a later section below). The overall downward
adjustment affected all regions in the world except Latin America and the Caribbean and
the Middle East (where growth for 2008 was revised upward). Downward adjustments were
between 0.5 and 0.8 percentage points, apart from Sub-Saharan Africa which saw a larger
Global economic growth in 2008 was significantly below the rates seen
in recent years, which resulted in a significant weakening in a number of labour markets.
four consecutive years of decreases, the global unemployment rate increased from 5.7 per cent
in 2007 to 6.0 per cent in 2008, rising for men to 5.8 per cent and for women to 6.3 per cent
The ranks of the unemployed increased by 10.7 million people between 2007
and 2008, which is the largest year-on-year increase since 1998. The global number of unemployed
in 2008 is estimated at 190 million, out of which 109 million are men and 81 million
of Work Report 2008 - Income inequalities in the age of
globalization - (pdf 1.6 MB)
Income inequalities are pervasive and growing in virtually all countries. Public debates
and policies have focused on this challenge. Opinion surveys illustrate how people link
the downsides of globalization to rising income inequalities. It is only appropriate therefore
for the International Institute for Labour Studies to apply its analytical expertise to
a trend of direct relevance to the world of work.
The outcome is a comprehensive overview of key factors underlying unbalanced
income developments. It shows that income inequality has risen more than can be justifi
ed by economic analysis and entails major social and economic costs. What emerges is an
evidence-based critique of the way fi nancial globalization has occurred so far.
Th e findings assembled here provide analytical support to the ILO’s view that the
growth model that led to the fi nancial crisis is not sustainable. It confirms that a rebalancing
between economic, social and environmental goals is vital both to recovery and
also the shaping of a fair globalization.
Wage Report 2008/09: minimum wages and collective bargaining:
towards policy coherence
is post-colonial thinking?