The job prospects of young people who are not in full time education are deteriorating "rapidly", a new report has warned.
A study by the Trades Union Congress (TUC) found that young people outside education are now less likely to have a job than workers aged 50-64.
The trend has been described as a "remarkable" turnaround from the situation in 1998, when they were 25% more likely to be in work than older workers.
The TUC said the job situation for low-skilled and unqualified youngsters is "alarming", and warned that it would continue to deteriorate unless action was taken.
The Department for Work and Pensions disputed the findings, claiming the report was "wrong, misleading and irresponsible".