Long term youth unemployment up 874%


8:30 am - June 19th 2012

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There has been a huge increase in long-term youth unemployment since the year 2000, according to a new TUC analysis of official figures published today.

The TUC findings – published ahead of the latest unemployment figures due to be released by the Office for National Statistics tomorrow – show that in the last 12 years, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds who are out of work has risen by 78 per cent, while unemployment across all age groups has increased by 42 per cent.

The number of young people who have been unemployed for more than a year since 2000 has increased by an enormous 874 per cent (from 6,260 to 60,955), going up by 264 per cent in the last year alone.

In comparison, on average across all working age groups, long-term unemployment has risen by 50 per cent since 2000, indicating just how hard young people have been hit by the recession and reduced education opportunities, says the TUC.

TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said:

Our young people are already facing a toxic combination of increasing unemployment, high tuition fees and inadequate government support for those people out of work. Now we discover they are at a hugely increased risk of being long-term unemployed and are losing out in the wage stakes as well.

The new TUC analysis also reveals that over the same time period the average wages of young people have fallen in real terms while they have increased for everyone else.

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The youth affected either don’t notice or they aren’t concerned because they are too obsessed with football, TV and Diamond Jubilees: http://andreasmoser.wordpress.com/2012/06/06/panem-et-circenses-in-britain/ Sad.

Remind me, when did the NMW come in?

1999 maybe?

Genuine question: how much does the increase in youth unemployment prior to the 2008 recession have to do with rising numbers of 18-24 year olds studying full-time but showing up in the statistics as unemployed – and especially long-term unemployed? On the face of it it’s very odd that such a vastly higher proportion of unemployed young people should suddenly be taking longer than a year to find work; but it would make a bit more sense if these were students looking for work over the summer, say.

4. DisgustedOfTunbridgeWells

Genuine question: how much does the increase in youth unemployment prior to the 2008 recession have to do with rising numbers of 18-24 year olds studying full-time but showing up in the statistics as unemployed ā€“ and especially long-term unemployed?

[…]going up by 264 per cent in the last year alone.

http://www.politics.co.uk/news/2011/11/28/university-applications-down-13-following-fees-increase

Try Paul Johnson, head of the IFS, on the recent analysis programme: Wasted Youth
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01jqhly

6. Luis Enrique

see Youth Unemployment a Crisis We Can’t Afford

http://www.bristol.ac.uk/cmpo/publications/other/youthunemployment.pdf

Annex D looks at NEETs and says minimum wage increase probably played a very minor role.

Possible serious case of CHURNALISM here. Before you regurgitate that 874% statistic, you really need to do your own check to see how they arrived at it. I’m pretty sure there are other factors at play here, and the TUC is hardly impartial.

Never mind the blame again. Look instead at the trend in the youth unemployment rate and worry about the job prospects of those thousands of teens leaving schools with no qualifications worth anything in today’s and future labour markets. That is a much bigger cause for concern than getting a few dozen or even a hundred 18 year-olds from maintained schools into Oxbridge.

“Recent graduates are more likely to be working in lower-skilled jobs than they were 10 years ago, new figures suggest. More than a third of recent graduates were in non-graduate jobs at the end of 2011 – up from about a quarter in 2001.” [BBC website 7 March 2012]

“The number of low-skilled workers born outside the UK more than doubled between 2002 and 2011, according to the Office for National Statistics. The figures show that almost 20% of low-skilled jobs are held by workers born abroad, up from 9% in 2002. ” [BBC website 26 May 2011]

Those in education or training do not feature in the unemployment statistics.

10. Just Visiting

The Guardian says:

> Unemployment falls but public sector jobs hit nine-year low

Which is not specifically about youth employment, of course, but interesting.

see
http://www.guardian.co.uk/business/2012/jun/20/unemployment-public-sector-job-cuts

This ain’t going to get better. More people being required to remain at work into their late sixties mean fewer opportunities for promotion for those lower down, right down to youth recruitment. The NEETS don’t stand a chance.

Simply relying on economic growth may not be enough, we may have to look more closely at how we work and how wealth is distributed or we’ll face an increasingly divided society.

Whom so ever mobilises the disposessed and disinherited white working class will win the next election.

13. Chaise Guevara

@ 7 Jim Beam

“Before you regurgitate that 874% statistic, you really need to do your own check to see how they arrived at it. Iā€™m pretty sure there are other factors at play here, and the TUC is hardly impartial.”

Seconded. When I saw that huge figure I immediately thought “bollocks”, and I’m pretty much sitting here waiting for the other foot to drop.


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