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UK struggling with "chronic" youth unemployment

Published: Thursday, 24 June 2010   Category: Employer News

The UK is currently experiencing a "chronic" youth unemployment problem, according to one independent thinktank.

Recent figures published by the Office for National Statistics revealed that the number of people not in education, employment or training stood at 9.2 per cent at the end of 2009.

Although this compares with 10.3 per cent 12 months earlier, Tom MacInnes, research director at the New Policy Institute, suggested that the statistics do not tell the whole story.

"If you were to look at 16-25 year-olds the unemployment rate amongst that age group is incredibly high," he said.

"It is a slightly different issue, but youth unemployment is at a higher level than we have ever known it, certainly far higher than it was coming out of the last recession."

Mr MacInnes added that short-term unemployment is a concern for graduates and school leavers as it can potentially "scar" them for the future.

The ONS statistics suggested that the overall UK unemployment rate in the three months to April 2010 was 7.9 per cent, representing a quarterly rise of 0.1 per cent.ADNFCR-1068-ID-19856350-ADNFCR

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