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Overview

Jobs are a cornerstone of development. They are critical for reducing poverty, making cities work and providing youth with alternatives to violence. Societies flourish as jobs foster diversity and provide alternatives to conflict.

Jobs are central to the World Bank Group’s core objective of ending poverty and boosting shared prosperity. The Bank supports programs that aim to boost the private sector, build the skills of the labor force; expand the coverage of worker protection systems; and facilitate labor market transitions from school or inactivity to work, out of unemployment, or from low- to higher-productivity jobs. Read More »

Data
Highlights
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Creating More and Better Jobs through Stronger Labor Markets

April 2014— Targeting investment toward growth opportunities, and fostering better working conditions. Read More »

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Youth Employment in Africa

January 2014—Raising earning potential among Africa’s growing youth population is a major priority for the region that will require strong action on multiple fronts, says new World Bank report. Read More »

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Let's Work Partnership

January 2013—Let’s Work global partnership will help develop knowledge and practical approaches to the jobs agenda that would serve as a public good for the development community. Read More »

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Jobs and Human Development

November 2012— Jobs, at their core, are about people and the huge developmental benefits from jobs can only be realized if societies and families make the right investments in people. Read More »

In-Depth
World Development Report 2013

World Development Report 2013

The 2013 World Development Report on Jobs will help explain and analyze the connection between jobs and economic and social development.

Jobs Knowledge Platform

Jobs Knowledge Platform

A new initiative to help mobilize a broad range of institutions and individuals to exchange ideas on creating and improving jobs worldwide.

Youth Employment Inventory

Youth Employment Inventory

YEI is the first comprehensive database to provide comparative information on youth employment interventions worldwide.

Flickr Photo Gallery

Flickr Photo Gallery

Browse images of jobs around the globe on the World Bank's Flickr page.