The Reading / Listening - Level 2

The number of young people without a job is very high in many countries. There are 73 million 15-24-year-olds around the world who want to work but cannot find a job. The International Labour Organization (ILO) said that although youth unemployment is coming down in rich countries, it is rising in Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Brazil. The rate in China increased from 9.3 per cent in 2010 to 10.6 per cent last year. It could be 11.1 per cent in 2016. In Brazil, the figure was 14 per cent at the beginning of this year, but is now almost 16 per cent.



The ILO said: "It's still not easy to be young and starting out in today's labour market." It is worst for young women. The highest rate of youth unemployment is for women in the Middle East and North Africa. This figure is around 45 per cent. There are many reasons for the high youth unemployment. One big factor is the global financial collapse of 2008. Many countries still have problems from that. The ILO says youth unemployment is not just important for economic reasons. It also affects health, peace and levels of people's happiness.

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Sources
  • http://uk.reuters.com/article/2015/10/09/uk-employment-china-idUKKCN0S22QI20151009
  • http://www.theguardian.com/business/2015/oct/08/young-jobseekers-still-struggling-says-ilo
  • http://www.voanews.com/content/ilo-youth-unemployment-highest-in-middle-east-north-africa/2997565.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

The number of young people

a.

down in rich countries

2.

There are 73 million 15-

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in 2016

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unemployment is coming

c.

East

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the Middle

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of this year

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The rate in China increased from

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without a job

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It could be 11.1 per cent

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was 14 per cent

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the figure

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9.3 per cent

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at the beginning

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24-year-olds



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

It's still not easy to

a.

reasons

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starting out in today's

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women

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It is worst for young

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is for women

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The highest rate of youth unemployment

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be young

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the Middle

e.

happiness

6.

One big factor is the global financial

f.

labour market

7.

important for economic

g.

collapse

8.

levels of people's

h.

East

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

The number of young people without a job (1) _________________ many countries. There are 73 million 15-24-year-olds around the world (2) ___________________ but cannot find a job. The International Labour Organization (ILO) said that although youth unemployment (3) ___________________ in rich countries, (4) ___________________ Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Brazil. The rate in China increased from 9.3 per cent in (5) ___________________ per cent last year. It could be 11.1 per cent in 2016. In Brazil, the figure was 14 per cent at the beginning of this year, (6) ___________________ 16 per cent.

The ILO said: "It's (7) ___________________ be young and starting out in today's labour market." It (8) __________________ young women. The (9) ___________________ youth unemployment is for women in the Middle East and North Africa. This figure is around 45 per cent. There are many (10) ___________________ high youth unemployment. One big factor is the global (11) ___________________ 2008. Many countries still have problems from that. The ILO says youth unemployment is not just important for economic reasons. It also affects health, (12) ___________________ people's happiness.





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Thenumberofyoungpeoplewithoutajobisveryhighinmanycountries.
Thereare73million15-24-year-oldsaroundtheworldwhowanttow
orkbutcannotfindajob.TheInternationalLabourOrganization(ILO)sai
dthatalthoughyouthunemploymentiscomingdowninrichcountries,iti
srisinginAsia,theMiddleEast,NorthAfricaandBrazil.TherateinChinain
creasedfrom9.3percentin2010to10.6percentlastyear.Itcouldbe11.
1percentin2016.InBrazil,thefigurewas14percentatthebeginningoft
hisyear,butisnowalmost16percent.TheILOsaid:"It'sstillnoteasytobe
youngandstartingoutintoday'slabourmarket."Itisworstforyoungwo
men.ThehighestrateofyouthunemploymentisforwomenintheMiddle
EastandNorthAfrica.Thisfigureisaround45percent.Therearemanyre
asonsforthehighyouthunemployment.Onebigfactoristheglobalfinan
cialcollapseof2008.Manycountriesstillhaveproblemsfromthat.TheIL
Osaysyouthunemploymentisnotjustimportantforeconomicreasons.
Italsoaffectshealth,peaceandlevelsofpeople'shappiness.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

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WRITING

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