Employment and Skills

874% increase in youth unemployment

Analysis conducted by the Trade Union Congress (TUC) has found that the number of number of young people who have unemployed for more than a year has increased by 874% since 2000, increasing by 264 % in the last 12 months alone.

This figure is exceptionally high when compared to other groups.  In comparison, on average across all age groups saw a 50 per cent increase in long term unemployment since 2000.

The TUC research also found that the average wages of young people have fallen in real terms. Since 2000, inflation has risen by 38 per cent, however the TUC has found that those aged 18-21 have only received 35 per cent pay increases and those aged 22-29 only received pay increases of 28 per cent, 10 per cent behind inflation.

The ONS will release Labour Market Statistics tomorrow morning

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