Southampton bucking youth unemployment trend in UK

Hampshire Chronicle: City bucking unemployment trend City bucking unemployment trend

SOUTHAMPTON is bucking the trend when it comes to youth unemployment, according to a new report.

A study by the Work Foundation has revealed that unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds in Southampton is below 13 per cent - compared to more than 25 per cent in many other cities across the UK.

The average is almost one in five across the country, but the problem is so “endemic” that even those cities with the lowest rates of around 13 per cent are still a third higher than the national average in Germany (8.6 per cent) and well above cities such as Hamburg (five per cent), said the research group.

A number of youth unemployment “blackspots” were identified with jobless rates above 25 per cent, including Middlesbrough, Barnsley, Glasgow, Grimsby, Coventry, Bradford and Hull.

But in other cities, the youth unemployment rate was 13 per cent or lower, including Southampton, York, Reading, Cambridge and Aberdeen.

The Work Foundation said youngsters leaving school with only GCSEs were more than twice as likely to be unemployed as those with better qualifications.

The report called for action to improve apprenticeships, more work experience placements and batter careers advice.

Lizzie Crowley of the Work Foundation said: “The UK's youth unemployment crisis continues to affect almost a million young people, even in the recovery.

“It is shocking that in some cities almost a third of young people are looking for work but are unable to find it.

“Urgent action is needed to ensure young people get the right support to either continue in school, further training or with getting a job.

“Central government's top-down attempts to tackle the crisis have failed. Local government must now be tasked with setting up youth transition partnerships to bring together schools, colleges, third sector organisations and local businesses to develop tailored policy responses suitable for each city.”

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9:46pm Tue 8 Apr 14

southy says...

Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%
Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60% southy
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10:38pm Tue 8 Apr 14

Torchie1 says...

southy wrote:
Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%
It must be awful to be in possession of such a big secret and knowing that only you believe it.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%[/p][/quote]It must be awful to be in possession of such a big secret and knowing that only you believe it. Torchie1
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4:28am Wed 9 Apr 14

stay local says...

Torchie1 wrote:
southy wrote:
Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%
It must be awful to be in possession of such a big secret and knowing that only you believe it.
and if you extrapolate this figure (if it is true and as always you grasp a figure from the air and claim it as fact) then other areas around Southampton still have a higher level of youth unemployment.
[quote][p][bold]Torchie1[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%[/p][/quote]It must be awful to be in possession of such a big secret and knowing that only you believe it.[/p][/quote]and if you extrapolate this figure (if it is true and as always you grasp a figure from the air and claim it as fact) then other areas around Southampton still have a higher level of youth unemployment. stay local
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7:33am Wed 9 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

southy wrote:
Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%
Remember the good old days when we had a socialist government and there was 100% employment and we all lived in harmony, like an idealistic Coca-cola advert from the 70s? No, me neither.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: Now add on those who can not claim jsa,, those not in education that unemployed youth soars to over 60%[/p][/quote]Remember the good old days when we had a socialist government and there was 100% employment and we all lived in harmony, like an idealistic Coca-cola advert from the 70s? No, me neither. Charlie Bucket
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