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.

Facts & Figures

  • G20 countries had lost approximately 16 million full-time jobs in 2022, compared to the 4th quarter of 2019, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis. This number has decreased from a loss of approximately 50 million full-time jobs in 2020 compared to pre-crisis levels.
  • The unemployment rate dropped to 5.7 per cent, from 6.1 per cent in 2021 and 6.7 per cent in 2020, and is nearing pre-pandemic levels of 5.4 per cent in 2019.
  • The number of people in employment in 2022 in the G20, at approximately 2.2 billion, has increased again to the levels of 2019, after a drop in numbers in 2020 had interrupted a ten-year period of continuous growth.
  • Employment growth was 2.6 per cent for women and 1.8 per cent for men in 2022. This comes after a larger fall in employment due to COVID-19 for women.
  • The gender gap in the labour force participation rate stood at 25 percentage points in 2022, which is at the same level as in 2021 and 2020, and only a decrease in 2 percentage points since 2017.
  • Between 2021 and 2022, youth employment increased by 1.4 per cent. However, this comes after a large drop of 9.3 per cent between 2019 and 2020, compared to a drop of 2.9 per cent among the adult population.
  • The share of youth not in employment, education or training (NEET), which reached a peak of 30.7 per cent for women and 17 per cent for men in 2020, has decreased since then, but much faster for men than for women: In 2022, the share for women decreased by 1 percentage point to 29.7 per cent, while the share for men decreased by 2.7 percentage points to 14.3 percent.
Source: ILOSTAT, 7 February 2023, more information:


ILO contributions to the G20

  1. © G20 2024

    G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit

    Climate change and new technologies mean double impact for workers, ILO Director-General underlines

    23 November 2023

  2. G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit

    ILO Director-General’s talking points to the G20 Virtual Leaders’ Summit

    22 November 2023

  3. G20

    Remarks by ILO Director-General Gilbert F. Houngbo to the G20 Employment Working Group (EWG) handover meeting

    07 November 2023

  4. © ILO 2024

    Sustainable Development Goals

    United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation: 12 September 2023

    11 September 2023

  5. © G20 2024

    G20 Leaders’ Summit

    ILO welcomes G20 support for just transition measures

    10 September 2023

  6. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Indore, India

    Youth at Work in G20 countries: Progress and policy action towards the Antalya Goal

    27 July 2023

  7. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Indore, India

    Women at Work in G20 countries: Progress and policy action in 2022

    27 July 2023

  8. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Indore, India

    Presentation of the Global Employment Trends 2023 to G20 Labour ministers (Powerpoint)

    21 July 2023

  9. G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting, Indore, India

    Youth at Work in the G20: Progress towards the Antalya Goal and Policy Action in 2022 (PowerPoint Presentation)

    21 July 2023

  10. © Min. Labour & Employment India 2024

    G20 Labour and Employment Ministers’ Meeting

    ILO calls on G20 for international solidarity to close the global decent work divide

    21 July 2023