Skills mismatches and unemployment spells: The case of Macedonia’s youth

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Despite many labor policies over the past twenty years, the youth unemployment rate in Macedonia remains very high (around 50%). The 2012 School-to-Work transition survey showed that nearly 35% of Macedonia’s youth in employment are either under or over qualified for their job. A team of local researchers investigates what impact the length of unemployment a person experiences has on how suited they are to their eventual position. The researchers find a tremendous discrepancy between the supply and demand in the labor market with many university graduates looking for work while most job creation is for positions requiring only secondary education.
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