The International Labour Organisation (ILO) says youth unemployment has continued to rise around the globe.
Positive economic forecasts had led the ILO to predict that youth unemployment rates would fall in 2010 and 2011.
However, the United Nations organisation says that the jobless rate amongst 15 to 24-year-olds remains at a record high of 13% worldwide - about 81 million people.
ILO economist Sara Elders told the BBC young people suffer disproportionately during economic downturns.
"We're talking three times worse for young people in most countries. The fact that young people don't have the same work experience as adults puts them at a disadvantage, and the fact that they don't know where to look for work also puts them at a disadvantage."