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Scotland must cut youth unemployment, says REC

Published: Friday, 18 February 2011   Category: All Graduate job news

The Scottish economy is slowly improving, but the country still needs to focus on the rising youth unemployment, according to a recruitment industry body.

In Scotland, the number of people out of work actually went down between December and January, but youth unemployment rose, a statistic which may be remedied with graduate schemes.

Lisa Boutineau, director of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation in Scotland, said that jobs must be created for young people north of the border.

"Having thousands of young people not contributing to our local economy is a huge waste of potential," she said.

"With the UK Government positioning itself as being pro jobs, we now need to move beyond promises towards real action."

One way of cutting unemployment among young people is to create graduate roles or graduate work experience schemes.

In the three months before December 2010, the number of people aged between 16 and 24 who were unemployed in Scotland went up by 3,100.

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