Youth unemployment over 70,000 under the coalition

Since the coalition took office long term youth unemployment has risen to over 70,000, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Since the coalition took office long term youth unemployment has risen to over 70,000, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

There are currently 73,585 young people across Britain stuck in long-term unemployment, a problem exacerbated by the decision by the coalition to scrap Labour’s Future Jobs Fund, which created over 105,000 jobs before it was scrapped in 2011.

The chart below shows the number of Future Jobs Starts per region under the last government and current levels of youth unemployment.

  Future Jobs Fund starts 18-24 year olds currently claiming JSA for over 12 months
North East 5,700 6,725
North West 20,120 9,655
Yorkshire and The Humber 9,870 9,745
East Midlands 5,820 5,625
West Midlands 12,040 9,025
East 4,480 5,030
London 12,420 6,995
South East 5,900 5,300
South West 5,310 4,020
Wales 9,640 4,530
Scotland 10,250 6,935
Unknown 3,700 n/a
Total 105,250 73,585

 

3 Responses to “Youth unemployment over 70,000 under the coalition”

  1. SadButMadLad

    Well if you want to make it hard to employ young people with no experience and little or no skills then the best way is to impose a minimum wage. Companies pay a wage dependent on what THEY want out of the employee. So if the job is low skilled and is part time then it will have a low wage. When that wage is forced to be higher than the company is willing to pay, what do you think is the most logical thing a company will do. Yep, they won’t employ someone. Way to go in raising unemployment amongst the young.

  2. Nathan G

    It is extremely interesting to see unemployment numbers. The effect on young people is easily seen, as they don’t have the same experience as older people in both work and looking for work it can be even more of a struggle. It is important that they get more help, for example from a consultant.

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