From the TUC

Youth unemployment is still a problem

16 Oct 2013, by in Labour market

The labour market statistics released today contain some welcome news as unemployment fell by 18,000 , whilst employment rose by 155,000. While this is all very good news that unemployment is falling and more jobs are being created, there is still cause for concern as young people are being excluded from the recovery as youth unemployment levels remain stubbornly high at just under one million at 958,000. The unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds currently stands at 21.0%.

Youth unemployment levels – 2008-2013  

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 Around a third (32%) of 18-24 year olds have been out of work for over 12 months.

 The data table below on youth unemployment rates shows a very mixed picture in the regions and nations. The North East, Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, London, and Wales all have rates well above the national average. The data also shows us a gender breakdown,which shows that male youth unemployment is higher than female rates in all areas, with unemployment rates over 25% for men in the North East, Yorkshire and Humber, West Midlands, and London.

 Youth unemployment -16-24 rates by region/nation Jul 2012 – Jun 2013    


Youth unemployment -16-24 rates by region/nation Jul 2012 – Jun 2013    

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TUC research has demonstrated the scarring impacts that long periods of unemployment can have on young people’s future lives, as well as the importance of drawing on the evidence of what works when designing interventions to support those young people who are struggling to find employment.

 For further analysis on the today’s labour market statistics read my colleague ( Duncan Weldon’s post)


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On 1 November, the TUC will launch The Gender Jobs Split, a report on labour market changes over the past 20 years and how they have affected young men and young women. How many are trapped in low paid, low-skill jobs? Are the prospects of an apprenticeship or a decent wage still different for young men and young women? Are there still “girls’ jobs” and “boys’ jobs”? How have young men’s and young women’s careers been affected by the expansion of higher education?

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4 Responses to Youth unemployment is still a problem

  1. Kyran V.
    Oct 19th 2013, 5:13 am

    Youth Unemployment is absolutely still a problem. Hopefully once state and local governments get their budgets back on track, we will start to see some more hiring in the government section of our economy. It will only help things get better when that happens.

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