On Wednesday 19 January the Office for National Statistics (ONS) published the labour market statistics for the three months to the end of November 2010.
The figures are discouraging with unemployment rising by 49,000 in the three month period to the end of November 2010, to almost 2.5 million. Alarmingly, a huge proportion of the unemployment rise hit 16-24yr olds, with an increase of 32,000, which leaves 1 in 5 of young people now out of work and leads to concerns that they will become a ‘lost generation’.
The Prime Minister commented on the results saying that the rise in unemployment was a “huge concern” and that in particular the youth unemployment figures were “very disappointing”.
However, despite Mr Cameron’s apparent concern over these findings many feel that the government is not doing enough to support young people in their pursuit for work. The Prince’s Trust believe that the government, charities and employers must work together to resolve the situation, with chief executive, Martina Milburn warning,
“Britain is now perilously close to seeing 1 million young people struggling to find work…At this time when there is huge pressure on the public purse, government, charities and employers must work together to help young people into jobs and save the state billions of pounds,”
Despite the gloomy news, both youth organisations and employment bodies are telling young people not to give up hope and to be proactive with their employment search. There is help to found if you look for it.
If you don’t know where to start the Prince’s Trust run various programmes to get you prepared for employment, see their website for further details.
If you have already begun your employment search but aren’t sure if you are on the right track then your local employment agency can be a good place begin. Bond Williams have an Advice & Information Page on their website and are happy to meet with candidates to discuss their career aspirations and offer CV advice.