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Social Unrest Index

  Jul 02, 2020

Social Unrest Index

What ?

A composite indicator which provides a reflection of national social health.It is a feature of the World of Work Report (by ILO) since 2011. It measures the frequency of events that create unrest, like demonstrations and strikes. There was an increase in both at the global level and in 7 out of 11 regions between 2009 and 2019.

How is it measured?

The index is constructed using variables drawn from the Gallup World Poll Survey related to respondents’ confidence in government, standard of living, personal freedoms, job opportunities and access to the Internet.

What does it reflect?

In the recent annual World Employment and Social Outlook report, ILO has held that 

  • As many as 267 million young people between the ages of 15 and 24 are not employed, educated or trained which is contributing to the social unrest caused across the globe.
  • The report draws a very strong connection between social unrest, unemployment and underemployment.