World unemployment could top record levels this year and continue rising until 2017, the International Labour Organization (ILO) said on Tuesday in its annual employment report.
2009 currently stands as the worst recorded year for world unemployment, with 198 million people across the globe without work.
In its 2013 Global Employment Trends report, the ILO forecasts unemployment numbers will rise by 5.1 million in 2013 to reach 202 million, topping 2009’s record.
The report also predicts unemployment will rise further in 2014 to reach 205 million.
“Unemployment remains as dire as it was during the crisis in 2009,” Ekkehard Ernst, chief of the employment trends unit at the ILO, which wrote the report, told CNBC.
While the crisis may have originated in the developed world, the report noted that 75 percent of 2012’s newly unemployed came from outside it, with East Asia, South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa being the worst affected.
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