Over the past 25 years, the number of workers living in extreme poverty has declined dramatically and the middle class in developing countries now makes up more than 34% of total employment. However, we are now seeing slower growth, widening inequalities and not enough jobs to keep up with a growing labour force. Increasing labour productivity, reducing the unemployment rate, especially for young people, and improving access to financial services and benefits are essential components of sustained and inclusive economic growth, as are effective measures to eradicate forced labour, slavery and human trafficking.
Interaction with SDG 3
Promoting health employment will be a driver of inclusive economic growth.