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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 »

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Highlights
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Road to Knowledge Economy

May 2013— The Knowledge Economy in Arab countries could create 1.5 million jobs in Egypt, 700,000 in Saudi Arabia, 300,000 in Tunisia over the next decade. Read More »

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Job Trends

February 2013— Labor markets in developing countries remain resilient amidst declining growth according to the latest issue of Job Trends. Read More »

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IFC Jobs Study

January 2013— A new study released by the IFC finds that much-needed jobs in developing countries can be created at a faster rate if removing key obstacles to private sector growth becomes a priority.
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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.