The International Labour Organisation, ILO, says 1.7-million people or just under 7-percent of the Caribbean and Latin American workforce, joined the ranks of the unemployed this year.

Writing in its Labour Overview for 2015, the ILO says this number could rise in 2016 due to poor economic outlook for the region.

The overview was informed by studies across countries such as Jamaica, Dominica, Grenada, St. Lucia and Guyana.

Among the trends which concern the ILO is the growing level of unemployment among women and youth.

Youth unemployment now stands at 15.3 percent throughout Latin America and the Caribbean.

The ILO describes this as a crisis in slow motion.

They are calling on countries to place short term social and labour policies in place, specifically aimed at protecting jobs and incomes.