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Businesses can help weaken youth unemployment

Posted on January 25th, 2013 Read time: 1 minutes

While job creation in North America has seen positive numbers lately, global unemployment rose in 2012, according to the United Nations (UN). Amid economic uncertainty, young workers in particular felt the strong blow of disappointing hiring rates.

Because many organizations seek experienced candidates, young workers are being excluded from their consideration. In turn, this deprives youth of opportunities to gain vital professional and social skills, according to a UN statement released on Monday. Roughly 35 percent of unemployed young adults in developed countries worldwide have been out of a job for six months or longer.

A recent report from HR administration software provider Manpower Group suggests companies are overlooking the vast potential of young workers.

“Opportunities can be created for youth by providing the required tools and training to ensure they acquire the skills and expertise needed,” said Jonas Prising, president of the ManpowerGroup.

The company recommends HR services work to align skills supply and demand by coordinating training resources, improving career guidance and support youth-friendly business practices.

Businesses that decide to bring in new young talent should consider outsourcing payrolling to ensure their abiding by all worker protection laws.

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