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These teenagers are being helped by The Prince's Trust developing confidence and motivation skills. Whilst employment figures increased today, youth unemployment is still high and costing the economy millions.
Reacting on today's employment figures, Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at Prime Ministers questions said:
"We have to rebalance our economy because the state sector was too big, the private sector was too small.
"What's happened since the election is one million new private sector jobs, which more than makes up for the inevitable loss of jobs in the state sector.
"We've got a huge amount more to do to reform welfare, reform our schools, boost our private sector and Britain can be a winner in the global race."
Employment Minister, Mark Hoban today said: "No one should be under any illusions about the scale of the challenge that we face."
Minister for Employment Mark Hoban said: "It's a real landmark to see more people in work than ever before. The private sector continues to create jobs and our welfare reforms are encouraging people to return to work with 170,000 fewer people on the main out-of-work benefits than in May.
The big fall in youth unemployment is particularly welcome, but we know this remains a challenge, which is why we have the 1 billion Youth Contract offering nearly 500,000 work experience places, apprenticeships and wage incentives to help young people get a job.
Employment grew in the quarter to August, highest since records began in 1971.
- The Office for National Statistics also reported that part-time employment increased by 125,000 between March and May to a record high of 8.13 million.
- The number of people in part-time jobs because they could not find full-time work was close to a record high at 1.4 million.
- Self-employment has also increased, up by 35,000 to 4.2 million, while the number of unpaid workers in a family business rose by 2,000 to 112,000.
- Read the full statistics here.
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