Goal 8: Economic Growth

Everyone Has a Right to Decent Work

To achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) of ending the global unemployment rate of 5.7% and eradicating poverty, we must create new and lasting pipelines for well-paid jobs. To ensure the UN’s target of 7% growth rate for developing countries, 30 million quality jobs must be created every year from now until 2030 – something also necessary reliably jumpstart economic growth.

What’s the Goal?

UN goal #8 is to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth, employment, and decent work for all.

Why Does it Matter?

Rapid growth in global population and the advent of automation, machine-learning and artificial intelligence have brought substantial promise, but also concern for their impact on less-educated segments of the world’s workforce. Without scalable work and training innovations, widespread unemployment threatens to undermine progress toward other sustainable development goals.

What is “Decent Work”?

Simply put, “decent work” means work that is productive, secures a fair income and offers personal improvement.

Can We Achieve This Goal?

Yes, by improving working conditions for those who currently have a job and by creating 30 million jobs per year from 2016 to 2030 for anyone within the global working age range. Investments into improved education that teaches skills for the current labor market, women’s economic empowerment, and even better city planning will aid in attaining this goal.

What Can I Do About It?

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Goal 8 Facts & Figures


The global unemployment rate in 2017, down from 6.4% in 2000


The amount men’s wages are higher than women’s wages in 40 out of 45 countries with data

30 million

The number of jobs needed each year between 2016 and 2030 for new entrants to the job market

Goal 8 Targets

  • Sustain per capita economic growth and at least 7% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum in the least developed countries.
  • Achieve higher levels of economic productivity through diversification, technological upgrades, and innovation.
  • By 2030, achieve full and productive employment and decent work for all women and men, including for young people and persons with disabilities, and equal pay for work of equal value.
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