Youth unemployment soars

The number of young people unemployed for more than a year has increased almost nine-fold over the past decade, according to a new study.

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Government defends youth unemployment figures

Employment minister Chris Grayling has defended the Government's record on youth unemployment.

Employment minister Chris Grayling Credit: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

He said: "The TUC's use of statistics is just plain wrong. Under the previous government the scale of long-term youth unemployment was hidden.

"People were transferred off Jobseekers Allowance temporarily through training allowances and short-term jobs. We've stopped doing that.

"When this is taken into account, long-term youth unemployment is lower than May 2010. Since then we have put in measures so young people can find real sustainable jobs."

'Young people facing bleak prospects'

Our young people are already facing a toxic combination of increasing unemployment, high tuition fees and inadequate government support for those people out of work.

"Now we discover they are at a hugely increased risk of being long-term unemployed and are losing out in the wage stakes as well.

"Now is certainly not the time to be young in the UK.

"With a strong recovery still failing to take hold, the bleak prospects facing young workers and young jobseekers is going to be with us for some considerable time to come."

– TUC general secretary Brendan Barber

Youth unemployment in numbers

  • The number of young people unemployed for more than a year has increased almost nine-fold over the past decade.
  • Youth unemployment had risen by 78% over the same period.
  • Wages for young people have fallen in real terms since the year 2000, while they have increased for other groups, said the TUC.
  • Workers aged between 18 and 21 have seen their pay rise by 35%, around 3% less than the rise in inflation, compared with average wage increases of 41%, said the report.

Long-term youth unemployment soars

The number of 18 to 24-year-olds out of work had soared in the last year Credit: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

The number of young people unemployed for more than a year has increased almost nine-fold over the past decade, according to a new study.

The TUC said the number of 18 to 24-year-olds out of work had soared by 874%, from 6,260 to 60,955 since 2000, going up by 264% in the last year alone.

Long-term unemployment across all age groups increased by 50%

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