ILO - Current Affairs Questions and Answers

1)   World Employment and Social Outlook for 2017 has stated that India's unemployed will rise to by what number in 2017?

a. 1 lakh
b. 2 lakhs
c. 3 lakhs
d. 4 lakhs
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: 1 lakh

According to the World Employment and Social Outlook for 2017, number of unemployed people is set to rise in India by 1 lakh in 2017.

The ILO report has further stated a rise by another 2 lakh in 2018.

The report was based on projections of econometric modelling in Nov 2016.

Report found India to be in the category of emerging nations.

Key Statistics: ILO Report


  • Number of jobless in India will increase from 17.7 million in 2016 to 18 million by 2018.
  • India's unemployment rate is expected to go down from 3.5% to 3.4% in 2017.
  • India performed slightly well in terms of job creation in 2016, as majority of the 13.4 million new employment were created.

  • Global

  • Globally, the number of jobless people will increase by 3.4 million in 2017.
  • The global unemployment rate is expected to rise slightly from 5.7 to 5.8% in 2017.
  • It is held pace of labour force growth will outstrip job creation.
  • The rise in unemployment levels and rates in 2017 will be driven by deteriorating labour market conditions in emerging countries.
  • Vulnerable forms of employment, which include own account workers and contributing family workers are expected to stay above 42% of total employment.
  • About 1.4 billion people are likely to be engaged in such employment in 2017, with the number rising by 11 million per year.
  • Sub-Saharan Africa and Southern Asia will be the most affected.
  • In developing countries, the number of workers earning less than US$3.10 per day is even expected to increase by more than 5 million over the next two years.
  • Global uncertainty and the lack of decent jobs are, among some of the other factors influencing social ecosystems.

2)   ILO has indicated that women participation in the labour market has declined. What is the percentage of the gender gap in India?

a. 50
b. 45
c. 48
d. 49
Answer  Explanation 


Level of participation of women in India’s job market is coming down, a matter of some concern according to a statement issued by ILO.

  • One of the issues is the question of gender and women’s participation in the labour market and that of women.
  • India is not the only country facing this problem, but the international comparison is pretty massive
  • IMF conducted a study in November 2015 which pointed to a gender gap of 50 percent in India compared to an average gap of 12 percent in the OECD countries.
  • Work profiles are changing due to globalisation, technological upgradation, geopolitical situations and collective responses and solutions need to be employed by stakeholders for this.
  • ILO is looking to bolster the role of women through promotion of social dialogue, global labour standards and international experience

3)   International Day for Abolition of Slavery was observed internationally on which day?

a. December 1
b. December 2
c. December 3
d. December 4
Answer  Explanation 

ANSWER: December 2

International day for Abolition of Slavery is observed to focus on the elimination of human trafficking, child labour and other forms of modern-day slavery. As per ILO, currently there are 21 million forced victims of slavery and labour across the globe, creating USD 150 billion in illegal profits. 2004 was also proclaimed as the International Year to commemorate struggle against slavery and abolition.