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.
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.
What this report doesn't point out is there are 24,000 fewer young people on Jobseekers Allowance than a year ago, and there are now fewer young people on Jobseekers Allowance or other temporary support than in May 2010.
But youth unemployment is still too high, and we don't underestimate the size of this challenge for one moment, which is why we are committed to helping young people get the skills and experience they need to get a job.
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.
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.
- 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.
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%