Youth Employment and Skills Development in Asia and the Pacific: By the Numbers

Too many youth in Asia and the Pacific are failing to develop the right skills for today's job market. Here's a by-the-numbers look at the status of youth employment and training in Asia and the Pacific.

3 times more: The rate of global youth unemployment (12.6%) compared to the rate of global adult unemployment (4.5%). The youth say they can't find jobs because they do not have "experience, skills, contacts, awareness of job availability and mean to travel to work."
Source: GSMA and Alcatel-Lucent Study on Mobile Services for Youth Employment

As many as 200 million: Number of working youth that earn less than US$ 2 a day.
Source: World Economic Forum: The Challenge of Youth Unemployment

357.7 million: The number of youth globally who are not in education, training or employment. 62% of them are in South Asia (101 million) and East Asia and the Pacific (119.4 million).
Source: World Economic Forum: The Challenge of Youth Unemployment

536 million: The number of working youth in the developing world who were underemployed in 2010 -- more than half of them live in South Asia (152 million) and East Asia and the Pacific (150 million).
Source: World Economic Forum: The Challenge of Youth Unemployment

57%: Percentage of India's total youth population suffering from some degree of unemployability.
Source: ADB Project Document: Supporting Human Capital Development in Meghalaya

$40 billion per year: Amount that Asia and the Pacific region loses, according to the United Nations, as a result of gender gaps in education and women's limited access to employment opportunities.
Source: ADB News: Skill Training for Women and Girls the Focus of ADB Seminar

70-20-10: A new formula for learning, according to technical vocation and educational training institutions. 70% on-the-job development and real life experiences; 20% through coaching and self-improvement; and, 10% through structured, instructor-led training and eLearning.
Source: ADB Publication: Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific

$8.2 billion: Amount provided by ADB over the past four decades to developing member countries to increase access to education; improve quality; strengthen management; mobilize resources; strengthen partnerships; and apply new and innovative technologies.
Source: ADB News: Skill Training for Women and Girls the Focus of ADB Seminar