Regionwide unemployment rose last year for the first time since 2009, with young workers among the most affected.
Good economic times, including record low unemployment, provide momentum for Brazilian youth to take to the streets.(video available)

Unemployment in Latin America and the Caribbean dropped to 6.8 percent in 2011 from 7.3 percent in 2010 and reached its lowest levels in most countries since the mid-1990s, according to the International Labor Organization (ILO) recent report Panorama Laboral 2011.

Brazil’s black community faces many social and political problems, but a lack of economic opportunities is what most prevents this population from climbing the income ladder.

President Humala is committed to getting youth back to work, but job opportunities should be complemented with more robust youth labor rights.
How to meet the challenge of youth unemployment and under-employment in the hemisphere.
Targeted monetary transfer programs such as Brazil's "Bolsa Familia" represent bold new alternatives in the field of poverty alleviation. Do they work as well as their advocates claim?

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