Unemployment is 2,625,000, down 25,000 from last month’s published figure, and the unemployment rate is 8.2%, down 0.1 percentage points on last month. The number of claimant unemployed is 1,590,300, down 13,700, and the claimant rate is 4.9%. The number of workless young people (not in employment, full-time education or training) is 1,419,000, down 25,000 in the quarter, representing 19.5% of the youth population (down 0.3 percentage points in the quarter). Youth unemployment (including students) is 1,021,000, down 17,000 in the quarter. There are 5.7 unemployed people per vacancy. The employment rate is 70.4% (up 0.1 percentage points on last month’s published figure and up 0.2 percentage points in the preferred quarterly measure).
For the university graduate, the light at the end of the tunnel is dim. Stepping into a career straight after graduation seems like a modern day fairytale. As a postgraduate with an impressive academic career, I am mentally exhausted from a fruitless eight month long job search. Like many other young people, I am caught in a paradox: too many qualifications and not enough experience. Politicians tell us that there are jobs out there. They suggest that graduates aren’t trying hard enough to secure work. However, there are now 1.2 million unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds in the UK, according to the Office of National Statistics. Surely the massive rise in youth unemployment can be attributed to the fact there are... View Article
Lone parents on Income Support whose child is aged five or over are being informed by letter from 23 March that, starting from May 2012; if they are able to work they will need to move from Income Support to Jobseeker’s Allowance, where they will receive extra help to return to the workplace. Currently this change takes place when a lone parent’s child is aged seven. There are 1.8m children living in households where no one works and around 600,000 lone parents relying on Income Support. A child of an out-of-work lone parent is almost three times more likely to be in poverty than those where the lone parent works part-time. Steve Webb, Minister for Pensions, announced details of two changes that... View Article
Unemployment has reached its highest figure in seventeen years, taking the total number of unemployed people to 2.62 million. The reason for the increase is a combination of people coming out of economic inactivity, students claiming benefits for the first time, an increase in the number of people going into self-employment coupled with the highest number of women claiming benefits since 1987. Unemployment has reached 2.62 million, the highest figure for seventeen years
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Britain’s jobless young people are being sent to work for supermarkets and budget stores for up to two months for no pay and no guarantee of a job, reports Shiv Malik in the Guardian this week. read article >
Government's Big Society flagship employment scheme appears to be ignoring both them and the youth charities