According to the International Labour Organization, despite a mild recovery in the 2012-2014 period, the youth unemployment rate remains well above its pre-crisis level. The report highlights that for millions of young people around the world finding a decent job is still a drawn-out uphill struggle.
In my view, governments are not doing enough to tackle long-term youth unemployment. There’s little that governments can do about the impact of technology on traditional jobs. But governments should mobilize the unemployed with public service in exchange for benefits. One option would be compulsory conscription for all – suitably skilled conscripts would help with social and public services.