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Youth unemployment at a 19 year high

Published: Wednesday, 18 April 2012   Category: All Graduate Jobs News

More than one in five youngsters are struggling to find a job in the UK these days. 1992 was the last time that youth unemployment rates were as high as they are now.

The latest unemployment figures published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed a bleak picture for the three months to August 2011. Up to 21.3% of young Brits aged 16 to 24 can’t find employment right now; with 45% of them having been unemployed for more than six months.

Overall, the latest unemployment figures are showing that the total number of unemployed young Brits increased by 74,000 between June and August, and is set now to 991,000 Brits.

“The number of unemployed young people is now almost twice the population of Manchester. If we fail to tackle youth unemployment now, we risk losing this talent forever which would be a tragedy”, said Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of youth charity The Prince’s Trust.

This figure is even higher than the overall rate of unemployment in the UK, which stands at 8.1% for the June to August period, the highest in 17 years.

Find graduate jobs online

Don’t panic! Although now is perhaps not the ideal time to search for graduate employment, you can’t postpone your career prospects just because of that. The internet is probably the most useful tool we have to help us find anything we need, including jobs.

Email alerts: Searching online is essential to finding a graduate job. A good way of saving time when ‘surfing the net’ is setting up as many email alerts as possible on the employment sites you visit.

Don’t stop networking: spend some time in professional or social networks and find out as much as possible about your sector of employment. Many people find out about vacancies thanks to word of mouth contacts.

Online profile: When you are looking for a graduate job, it is fundamental that your online profile looks clean, clear and coherent.

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