– TUC general secretary Brendan Barber
Our young people are already facing a toxic combination of increasing unemployment, high tuition fees and inadequate government support for those people out of work.
"Now we discover they are at a hugely increased risk of being long-term unemployed and are losing out in the wage stakes as well.
"Now is certainly not the time to be young in the UK.
"With a strong recovery still failing to take hold, the bleak prospects facing young workers and young jobseekers is going to be with us for some considerable time to come."
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.