Youth unemployment ‘never’ higher

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) have published the September edition of their Labour Market Statistics, and the summary table of statistics says that youth unemployment has “never” been higher (click here to download).

The ONS Statistic Bulletin published 14 September reads: “The unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 20.8 per cent of the economically active population in the three months to July 2011, up 1.6 percentage points from the three months to April 2011. There were 973,000 unemployed 16 to 24 year olds in the three months to July 2011, up 78,000 from the three months to April 2011.

“The number of unemployed 16 to 17 year olds increased by 1,000 on the quarter to reach 203,000 and the number of unemployed 18 to 24 year olds rose by 77,000 on the quarter to reach 769,000.”