Characteristics of young unemployed people

Characteristics of young unemployed people – 2012

  • Unemployment for young people in the UK aged 16 to 24 in October to December 2011 stood at 1.04 million, the highest number since 1986/87.
  • Because the number of students has been rising, just looking at young people not in fulltime education, the unemployment proportion was 17.2 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, the highest since records began.
  • Youth unemployment has risen in each of the last three recessions and the immediate years following their end. The current total of 1.04 million compares with peaks of 924,000 in 1993 and 1.2 million in 1984.
  • July 2010 to June 2011, the highest unemployment rate for young people aged 16 to 24 was in London at 23.7 per cent.  The North East at 14.6 per cent has the highest proportion.
  • Across the European Union, Spain tops the list of the 27 member states for unemployment. In the third quarter of 2011 their unemployment rate stood at 47.1 per cent, looking at the youth labour force aged 15 to 24.
  • The lowest rate across the Union was in Austria at just 7.3 per cent. The UK rate of 21.8 per cent was close to the EU average of 21.5 per cent.
  • In January 2012 around 484,000 18-24 year olds were claiming jobseekers allowance. Of these, around 6 in every 10 were looking for a job in sales or elementary occupations
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