By Marcus Leach

The TUC has, on the day that UK unemployment figures for the three months to June will be published, warned that the job outlook for the young is its toughest since 1994.

With 2.58 million people out of work in the UK, 1.02 million of those fall into the 16 to 24-year-old category.

"Despite this surge in education, the proportion of young people who are neither working nor studying full-time today remains close to record levels at 20.4 per cent, the highest level since October 1994," the TUC said.

"More than one in five (22 per cent) 16-24 year olds are currently unemployed, significantly higher than in 1992 when the rate was 16 per cent.

"Employment and education participation rates started to improve after 1994 and continued rising until around the summer of 2001, when over 85 per cent of young people were either working or studying."

The TUC said the government should be doing more to tackle high unemployment.

But the government argued that youth unemployment was falling and it had schemes in place to ensure it continued doing so.

"Last month's figures showed a fall in youth unemployment and there are fewer young people on Jobseekers Allowance or other temporary support than in May 2010," said a spokesperson for the Department for Work and Pensions.

"But this is still a big challenge and we don't underestimate it for one moment, which is why we are committed to helping young people get the skills and experience they need to get a job.

"Over the next three years the Youth Contract will offer nearly 500,000 opportunities for young people through work experience, apprenticeships and wage subsidies to help them find work."

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