"Global unemployment is still more than 30 million higher than before the crisis," said Guy Ryder, director-general. "And nearly 40 million more people have stopped looking for work."
"With the world's workforce growing by around 40 million a year we face large and growing decent-work deficits stretching out years ahead. Of those employed, 900 million are unable to earn enough to lift themselves above the $2 a day poverty line."
The figure would be 55% lower if the poverty reduction trend seen before the crisis had been maintained, said Ryder.