Youth monitoring yearbook 2010: Young people and the labour market

You can find a brief English-language summary of the yearbook here: Yearbook summary 2010.pdf (1.43 MB)

The youth monitoring yearbook provides a detailed overview of the coping of young people on the labour market. The analysts and researchers who have prepared the yearbook stress that being unemployed at a young age has a significant impact of the future prospects of a person, whose risk of unemployment also increases in his/her future life. Above all, it is important to ensure that young people have sufficient professional preparation for entering the labour market.

The unemployment rate has increased sharply, placing Estonia among the countries with the highest unemployment rate of young people in the whole Europe and also bringing about a long-term growth in unemployment. During the past years, the number of young people who are not involved in the education system or active on the labour market has increased. In 2010, there were an average of 23,400 unemployed young people aged 15–24 years in Estonia. The reason being the general decrease in employment that occurred as a result of the economic crisis, but also the fact that the young people born during the baby boom of the so-called ‘singing revolution’ entered the labour market. As employers focus on employees with experience and professional training, young people’s entry into the labour market has become a serious issue. As much as 39% of unemployed young people have either freshly graduated, have no previous work experience or have discontinued their studies.