The unemployment rate for 16 to 24-year-olds has risen slightly to 21 per cent, according to official figures released today.

For May to July, it rose 0.5 percentage points (9,000) from February to April, said the Office for National Statistics, hitting the 960,000 mark.

Excluding people in full-time education (FTE), there were 668,000 unemployed 16 to 24-year-olds for May to July, up 9,000 from February to April.

There were 3.60 million 16 to 24-year-olds in employment for May to July, down 77,000 from February to April.

There were also 2.66 million economically inactive 16 to 24-year-olds (75 per cent of whom were in full-time education), up 53,000 from February to April.

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