The International Labor Organization said the ranks of people out of a job swelled by 4 million in 2012 and would grow by 5.1 million in 2013, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.
The number of unemployed would grow to 210.6 million in 2017, the agency predicted.
More ominous than that, the figures do not include the number of workers who have given up on finding a job and stopped looking. Those discouraged jobless workers are taken out of the data pool, as they are defined as people who stopped looking, which takes them out of the global workforce.
Taking discouraged workers out of the workforce is "masking the true extent of the jobs crisis," the ILO said in a recent report.