“Youth unemployment is a global concern, it is higher than normal unemployment rate and has to be examined,” said Colombian Labor minister Rafael Pardo on the eve of the 28th Conference of Ministers of Labor of the Organization of American States.
A recent report indicates that Colombian unemployment its lowest rate in 12 years, Youth unemployment in particular, however, remains a significant issue for the country: studies show that 51% of Colombia’s unemployed are between the ages of 14 and 28.
“In the last three years, youth unemployment has reduced more than overall unemployment,” the minister said, “New employment laws have allowed 500,000 young people to find a formal job with benefits for the first time.”
Child labor will also be at the forefront of talks in Colombia’s second largest city.
In July, the Ministry of Labor revealed more than one million children — almost one in ten minors — work to sustain themselves or their families.
“Child labor is most acute in informal mining, sales, agriculture and girls working as maids,” Pardo said on Sunday.
The labor ministers’ conference concludes Tuesday.
The conference has been the primary forum for discussion and decision-making on priorities and actions on labor in the Americas since it began in 1963, said Caracol radio on Sunday.