11/12/2009 - Youth unemployment soars


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THE MIDDLE of last month saw a record number of young people without a job.  Nearly one in five 16 to 24-year-olds are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance. 

The figures were released by the Office for National Statistics.  Those on Jobseeker's Allowance soared by 15,000 to an unprecedented 943,000 in the three months to September.

This represents 19.8 per cent of young people out of work and is the highest since records began in 1971.

These figures are even more alarming when we consider that the total number of unemployed increased by 30,000 to just under two-and-a-half million over the same period.  This means that over one in four unemployed people have now been out of work for over a year.

Solidarity National Executive member David Durant described the youth unemployment rate as “scandalous”.

Mr Durant said that the government had got its priorities wrong. 

“Instead of rewarding the fat cats and bankers, the government should reward British youth.  They should be rewarded with meaningful training schemes, apprenticeships and jobs”.

He demanded that the government immediately get its act together.

“We need to have a dual approach here.  We need to have a massive jobs creation programme.  We also need an in-depth look at the economy”.

Expanding on this theme Mr Durant continued:

“I’m calling for a massive jobs creation programme.  Virtually every day we hear that our public services are at breaking point.  So why not train up more doctors, nurses and other health care workers?  Why not train more lecturers and teachers?”

We also need an emergency programme of national works.  This would include re-building our transport infrastructure, cleaning up our towns and cities, making all dwellings fit and habitable and tending to the land”.

The other part of this dual approach would concentrate looking at the economy.

“We must have an in-depth look at the economy.  Why do we have this crazy system of boom and bust?  We must have a stable economic system”.