Position appreciation paper on the occasion of International Youth Day: Coronavirus exacerbates youth problems in the labor market

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The Jordan Labor Watch of the Phoenix Center for Economic Studies issued a position paper on the occasion of the International Youth Day, which is on the 12th of August of each year.

The paper indicated that the exacerbation of the coronavirus crisis increased the challenges faced by young people in Jordan, as more narrowing the options for them to find decent jobs. The paper expects a significant increase in unemployment rates in general in Jordan, between 30 percent - 50 percent among young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are not in school/universities.

The position paper titled "Coronavirus Exacerbation of Youth Problems in the Labor Market" attributed these challenges to the economic and labor policies that have been applied in Jordan over the past decades, and led to a significant increase in unemployment rates, especially among the youth. Unemployment reached in the first quarter of 2020. Before exposure to the effects of the Corona crisis, it reached 19.3 percent, compared to 18.6 percent at the end of 2019, which are standard levels - according to the paper - compared with historical unemployment rates in Jordan, and with their rates in most countries of the world.

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