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Unemployment hits the young in the UK

Official statistics from the UK government show that one in three people aged between 16 and 18 are now out of work as a consequence of the UK recession. Even though the figure of 2.44 million unemployed in the UK has been a hammer blow to the economy, the growing number of youngsters out of work does not bode well for future.

While the rate of unemployment varies significantly around the UK there is no doubt that with a start in life at the benefits office, many of these unemployed 16 to 18-year-olds could find it very difficult to find employment in the short to medium term. These are the future of the UK employment market although unfortunately their first taste of freedom in the big wide world is one of doom and gloom and in many cases poverty. When you consider that cities such as Glasgow had one of the highest unemployment rates before the recession, the situation in some of these unemployment hotspots is dire.

It is imperative that the UK authorities work together to encourage youngsters to continue searching for employment and use the skills they have learnt at school and college to further their careers. However, with many 18-year-olds having already taken further education only to find there are no jobs available, this is not exactly an encouraging sign for their employment prospects.

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