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."

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