Youth and the labor market
Macedonia is the European leader in youth unemployment, with the youth unemployment rate currently at 58%. Young people make up a significant portion of the overall unemployed population, which continues to be one of the greatest problems in the country. The issue of youth unemployment in Macedonia was also recognized by the European Union, and one of the key priorities defined in the Accession Partnership reads: “to eliminate barriers for creation of new jobs and to reduce unemployment, in particular by taking additional measures to address youth unemployment”. Characterized by youth unemployment rates of up to 80% in certain municipalities, youth are defined as one of the socially vulnerable groups. Their interests are either not represented or the solutions offered are inappropriate to ensure significant improvements to the overall status of youth in the labor market.