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.

Latest news

  1. ILO welcomes G20 commitment to inclusive, employment-focused recovery from COVID-19 crisis

    10 September 2020

    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting Declaration puts the focus on decent work, women and youth.

  1. Global action to beat COVID-19 crisis vital to prevent employment disaster, ILO tells G20 ministers

    23 April 2020

G20: Facts and figures

  • Annual economic growth in the G20 is expected to continue to grow by 3.9 per cent in 2018.
  • The unemployment rate in G20 countries decreased by 0.4 percentage points from its peak in 2009 to 5.2 per cent in 2017.
  • Youth unemployment remains a major concern and is on average 2.5 times higher than the overall unemployment rate.
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate decreased by 5.8 percentage points in advanced G20 countries but increased by 2.3 percentage points in emerging G20 countries.
  • The differential in wage growth between advanced and emerging G20 economies declined sharply.
  • In many G20 countries, employment is shifting towards jobs that require high-level cognitive and socio-emotional skills, while jobs with a high routine content are being automated or offshored to varying degrees.
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