Progress Watch Child labor: Number of children involved is shrinking every year

Eleven percent of the world's children – about 168 million – are currently subjected to child labor, but between 2000 and 2012, the number of children involved was cut by one-third.

By , Staff writer

Melanie Stetson Freeman

Countries worldwide are cracking down on employers who target, hire, and abuse children. Eleven percent of the world’s children – about 168 million – are currently subjected to child labor, but this number is shrinking every year. Between 2000 and 2012 the number of children involved in child labor was cut by one-third, according to a 2013 report released by the International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency. Inspired by the progress shown in the report, some countries are increasing their efforts to eliminate child labor.