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Long-term youth unemployment is a 'ticking time bomb'

With such sharp cuts in support for young unemployed people, it's no surprise that the Government is failing to get to grips with this urgent problem.

It is deeply concerning that many of the areas hit hardest by unemployment are seeing such a steep drop in financial support for jobless youngsters.

Long-term youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb under the nation's finances, with severe consequences not just for young people but also for their communities and the country's wider economic prospects.

– TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber

Youth unemployment 'rising under the coalition'

Long-term youth unemployment in England has increased by almost a quarter since the coalition came to power, according to a study.

The TUC said some regions had been hit by rises of over 50% in the number of 16 to 24-year-olds out of work for longer than six months.

  • The North West was the worst-hit region (53% increase), followed by the East of England (40%) and Yorkshire and the Humber (29%).
  • London was the only part of England to witness a fall.

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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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