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Study says Corby is a youth unemployment hotspot

A new study out today says Corby is the worst hotspot in the country for youth unemployment. Photo: PA

A new study out today says Corby is the worst hotspot in the country for youth unemployment.

Research by education specialists Ambitious Minds looked at the impact of the recession on job prospects to locate hotspots across the country and found the percentage of young people unemployed in the Northamptonshire town had almost tripled, from 4% in 2007 to 11% this year.

The organisation says those picking up their GCSE results this week have seen the most "dramatic" changes to their prospects and expectations than any other secondary school year group for 70 years.

Sean McGuire, chief executive of Ambitious Minds, said: "Those areas which have suffered disproportionately in the last five years need support to prevent unemployment, and especially long-term unemployment, becoming normalised."As the economy stagnates, young people and the organisations which support them must understand and grapple with the employment issues that are facing them."

Last week, official figures showed that the national rate of youth unemployment fell by 4,000, to just over one million 16-24 year olds out of work.

The figures were met with a mixed reaction - some organisations, including the Federation of Small Businesses, welcomed the drop in the rate but others, including the British Chamber of Commerce, said the overall rate is "unacceptably high".