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As reported in La Prensa, the Organización Internacional del Trabajo (OIT, agency of the United Nations) completed a study which showed that 32%, almost one of every three Honduran young people do not work or go to school. Honduras' dramatic statistic is the highest of all of Latin America and the Caribbean, followed by Guatemala with 30%. Of those who neither work or study, 62% are female and 38% are male.
OIT estimates that there are 22 million young people ages 15-24 who don't work or study in Latin America and the Caribbean.
"Young people bring energy, talent, and creativity to the economy and no country can permit themselves to lose this potential," said the director general of OIT.
Referring to Honduras in particular, the report stated that educational reform is needed to produce more and better prepared technicians, engineers, and bilingual personnel. Honduras has a paradox in that while there exists a high level of unemployment, there are businesses who cannot find adequate personnel.
It seems no wonder that Honduras has such high rates of crime, teenage pregnancy, and level of gang and drug activity.