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Downturn 'hits youth jobs hardest'

Wednesday April 18th 2012

Jobs that account for over half of youth employment have suffered the biggest losses during the recession, a study has revealed.

According to research from the Trades Union Congress (TUC), sectors such as manufacturing, retail, hotels, and restaurants, which traditionally appeal to young people, have been hardest hit.

The research claims that almost a million jobs have been lost in these sectors since 2007.

More than 280,000 construction jobs were lost, as well as 220,000 in retail, hotels and restaurants, the research says. Meanwhile, manufacturing jobs have tumbled by 14% over the four years to the end of 2011, amounting to 400,000 posts.

"The manufacturing sector experienced heavy job losses during the recession and has failed to recover during the UK's admittedly weak recovery," said TUC general secretary Brendan Barber.

"While the retail and construction sectors have gained jobs in the last 12 months, they are still a long way off their pre-recession health."

The research found that finance and business services were the only areas with bigger workforces than before the recession.

Copyright Press Association 2012

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