Unemployment falls by 50,000

Unemployment fell by 50,000 between June and August to 2.53 million, official figures released today showed.

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Over two thirds of job applications 'receive no response'

With more than a million 16 to 24-year-olds unemployed the Joseph Rowntree Foundation today published a report on the challenges facing young people in the jobs market. Sending 2,000 job applications from fictional candidates with at least five good GCSEs and relevant work experience. They found:

  • Over two-thirds of applications received no response at all
  • 78% of the jobs applied for paid under £7 an hour, while 54% offered the minimum wage. Just 24% of the vacancies offered full-time, daytime work.
  • Jobseekers who do not have high-speed internet at home are at a substantial disadvantage and can only search for jobs sporadically, rather than the daily basis that is required.

Ministers' short-sighted attitude 'is hurting'

It's shocking that with so many young people unable to find jobs, ministers have slashed support to help them get their careers off the ground. This short-sighted attitude is not just making young people angry, it's hurting the parents and grandparents of young people who desperately want them to have a better start to their working lives.

– Brendan Barber, Trade Unions Congress

Over a quarter of young black men feel 'sharpest rise in unemployment'

The Trade Unions Congress today publishes a report on youth unemployment analysing official unemployment data over the last decade. It finds that:

  • Young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16-24 year-olds (26 percent) currently out of work.
  • The report also finds that white and Asian youngsters are now twice as likely to be out of work as those from the same ethnic group over the age of 24.
  • Young Asian women are experiencing the sharpest rise in unemployment, doubling in the last decade.

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Union: UK is in the midst of a 'youth jobs crisis'

The UK is in the midst of a youth jobs crisis. Over a million youngsters are out of work and many more are struggling to find the finances needed to further their education.

Last week the Prime Minister singled out employment as a great success of the government. That's cold comfort to the one in four young black men struggling for work, or the one in six jobless young black women.

– General secretary Brendan Barber

'Major shortage' of jobs in the UK

It's important we have measures that provide more full-time, decent-paying jobs that can ensure work pays. A lack of success in the jobs market saps confidence, demotivates and leaves a scar across a generation of young people, while part-time, low-pay work traps people in poverty.

On the day the latest unemployment statistics are released, this report makes for grim reading for young people. The intense competition shows the main problem is more fundamental - a major shortage of jobs.

– Chris Goulden, head of poverty at JR

'Dozens of unemployed people' chasing every retail job

Up to 66 unemployed people are chasing every retail job, with vacancies often closed to young candidates within hours of being advertised, according to new research.

A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) also found that two thirds of those applying for jobs did not receive any responses.

Dozens of unemployed people are chasing every retail job, according to new research. Credit: PA Wire

A separate report by the TUC found that young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16 to 24-year-olds currently out of work.

The reports, published ahead of the new unemployment figures today, followed similar studies in recent days showing a big rise in long-term unemployment among young people.

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