The ILO and the G20

The ILO actively supports the G20 in its role as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. At the request of the G20, we contribute data, analysis and policy recommendations on labour, economic and social issues in order to strengthen the global economy.

G20: Facts and figures

  • The G20 jobs gap in 2013 was about 54 million and could continue to widen to reach over 60 million in 2018 unless current growth trends improve markedly.
  • In over half of the G20, the share of long-term unemployed has increased as a share of total unemployment, in some cases dramatically. These unemployed face daunting re-employment odds.
  • Wage growth has significantly lagged behind productivity growth in most G20 countries, while wage and income inequality either remains high or has widened.
  • Real wages have stagnated, or even fallen, for many in advanced G20 economies. In emerging G20 economies, high levels of under-employment and informality are constraining both current output and future productivity.
  • Working poverty has declined in many emerging G20 countries, most notably China.
  • Expenditure on active labour market programmes failed to keep pace with the rise in unemployment in many countries following the start of the crisis.

Latest news

  1. Leaders' summit - 15-16 November, Brisbane (Australia)

    Global jobs challenge top of G20’s priorities

    Leaders’ Summit marked by concern that economies might continue to suffer slow growth and recognition that concerted action is needed to make progress on jobs which remain at the centre of public concern.

  1. Previously in the G20