Stat of the day: 1.2m

The number of young people who will be unemployed by 2016, according to a think tank.

by Elizabeth Anderson
Last Updated: 09 Oct 2013
The number of young people without jobs will soar over the next five years, a think tank has warned, with 16-18 year olds who leave education with NVQs the most vulnerable.

Researchers from Demos say the number of young unemployed people will rise to 1.2m over the next five years, as 230,000 16-18 year olds leave school. That's a whopping 23% increase on the number who are currently unemployed.

Young people have rather felt the sharp end of the recession: in the final three months of 2010 the number of 16-24 year olds out of work stood at a record 965,000 – a jump of 66,000. Demos warns this will become the norm, as youth unemployment is predicted to stand at around 20% even after the recession ends.

To put that number in perspective, the Prince’s Trust has said there are now enough unemployed young people to fill every football stadium in the premier league – with almost 200,000 left queuing outside. Ouch.

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