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Youth-in-jobs rate shrinking faster

Thursday March 1st 2012

The proportion of young people who have a job has shrunk at a quicker rate over the past eight years than that of older workers.

Official data shows that, at the start of 2004, the employment rate for people aged 16-24 was 75.3% and for those aged 25-64 was 75.5%, representing just a 0.2% difference.

But by the end of 2011 this gap became 8.9%.

Now just 66% of 16-24 year olds have a job, and that includes people in full-time education.

Meanwhile, students who do have a job are said to be twice as likely to work as a cleaner or as bar staff than non-students, according to the Office for National Statistics.

Commenting on the data, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Now is certainly not the time to be young and looking for a job, with figures showing more than one million people under 24 around the UK are unable to find work.

"With a strong recovery still failing to take hold, the bleak prospects facing young jobseekers will be with us for some considerable time to come."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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