Young people in Yemen face extreme challenges in improving their economic situation. The youth unemployment rate sits at 35 percent, corruption in both private and public sectors is rampant, and many youth feel they have little or no options for securing a steady job. Political instability and ongoing violence further cripple an already weak economic environment.
Mercy Corps completed a brief youth assessment in Yemen to create a snapshot of economic realities and identify opportunities for future livelihoods programming. The assessment, focused on urban youth, identified main constraints for youth of finding employment, and it puts forward recommendations for employment strategies.