By Maximilian Clarke

Unemployment in the UK has risen again, with numbers of jobless youth passing the 1 million mark for the first time in the country’s history.

A further 67,000 youth (16-24) became economically inactive, bringing the total to 1.016 million, as total numbers of UK unemployed stand at 2.62 million. The unemployment rate of 8.3% is the highest in 15 years, as businesses delay expansion due to low domestic and international confidence at the same time as faster than anticipated cuts to the public sector are resulting in widespread job losses.

“These figures come as no surprise and simply continue to add to the doom and gloom stories about job prospects for young people,” commented Ben Pike, Director of QA Apprenticeships.

“However, it’s important that we are cautious about scaremongering an impressionable audience. It isn’t helpful and at such a confusing time for them, is making young people downbeat about their future prospects before they even begin to look for work.”

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