Business leaders gathering in Davos seem confident that the global recovery is under way but are concerned global leaders are taking their eyes off the ball when it comes to unemployment.
Guy Ryder, the director general of the International Labour Organization, told CNBC at the World Economic Forum that the "gorilla in the Davos living room" was jobs -- or the increasing lack thereof on a global level.
"We're seeing a particular focus on young people who are particularly worried about unemployment, we're seeing businesses saying they want to do their part but it's a public policy issue as well," he said on Wednesday.
"One of the big things is uncertainty," he said, adding that until there was more belief in the global recovery, the investment in people power would lag. We point to business and policy uncertainty, people are still unsure as to who has their hands on the steering wheel…People have got to start believing in the real economy and I don't think we have that belief yet."
One boost to that belief in a global recovery came from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) this week when it upgraded its upgraded its global growth forecast, predicting 3.7 percent growth in 2014.
But looking at the continuing dirge of global unemployment data, economic growth is cold comfort for the 202 million people out of work worldwide, according to the ILO's latest figures, and growth does not necessarily mean job opportunities.