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Consternation as youth unemployment is predicted to rise

Published 29th March, 2011 by Neil Nixon

Consternation as youth unemployment is predicted to rise

Demos, the influential left-of-centre think-tank, has warned that the threat of youth unemployment is being severely underestimated and that the number of unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds is likely to grow to 1.2 million by 2015. Its forthcoming report - The Forgotten Half - looks at the career path of young people who do not go to university, and calls for national insurance contributions for under-25s to either be waived or reduced in order to encourage more young people to enter the workplace.

In 2009 the number of school-leavers not in education, work or training surpassed a million. Demos warned that while youth unemployment in the 1990s hovered around 10% and 15%, the recession has made 20% the new norm.

Mark Woodhead, chairman of the British Cleaning Council, said: “This report paints a very worrying picture for the future and we must do everything we can to ensure that the talents and enthusiasm of the generation now entering the workplace are properly used. We desperately need to ensure that young people have access to rewarding careers in the cleaning industry and that employers have the means and incentives to provide them with jobs. We call on the government to follow through with its commitment to apprenticeships, and implement progressive tax measures to make it more efficient to hire and retain workers embarking on their careers.”

Meanwhile, the Office for National Statistics is soon to publish the figure for the period between October and December last year, with some economists predicting another rise. Unemployment figures published recently showed that 965,000 16 to 24-year-olds are unemployed, the highest level since records began in 1992.

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