Richard Darlington, from the Institute for Public Policy Research, commented on the organisation's survey suggesting 41,000 extra under-25s will be out of work this year.
"I'm afraid that the signs for the economy according to the Office for Budget Responsibility is that the slowdown is going to continue." he said.
"Unfortunately, unemployment tends to lag the rest of the economy and we're not going to see unemployment fall in Wales until about 2013."
More top news
Missed any of our coverage? Catch up here on Wales at Six
Plaid Cymru have permanently expelled Neil McEvoy from the assembly group.
A wintry night ahead with snow falling at times and widespread ice forming by the early hours!