A new report published today shows youth unemployment in the UK has risen at a greater rate than in any of the world’s other top economies.

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A study by the Work Foundation found that Britain is now only behind Spain and Greece for youth joblessness in OECD countries.

The rate of youth unemployment grew at a faster rate between the start of the recession in 2008 and 2011 than in any of the G8 countries – those with the world’s largest economies.

Last night, Norwich North MP Chloe Smith who is spearheading the Norwich For Jobs campaign to reduce the number of out-of-work young people said this latest report help to further illustrate the need for action when it came to tackling the problem.

The Work Foundation said the issue could not be attributed just to the recession because other countries facing economic problems have fared better.

It urged the government to follow the lead of countries like Germany and Denmark by taking measures including more apprenticeships and increased training.

Lizzie Crowley, the report’s author, said: “In many other developed nations, youth unemployment has remained low despite the global downturn.

“However, in the UK youth unemployment as a proportion of 15 to 24-year-olds has increased at a faster rate over the course of the recession than both the European and OECD averages.

“While the reasons for this are complex, it’s clear that the UK can learn from the experiences of those countries that have fared much better in terms of youth unemployment.

“The government should focus on those policies that have been shown to work, cherry-picking the best responses from other countries and adapting them to the needs of the UK labour market.”

Youth unemployment among 15 to 24-year-olds had increased in the UK by 35pc to 916,000 between 2008 and 2011, compared to an average of 15pc in the G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, UK and United States).

Germany, Russia and Japan had actually seen a reduction in youth unemployment in the same period.

Last night Norwich MP Miss Smith said: “This report shows the extent of the challenge of youth unemployment, as well as the nature of the global race which Britain is in.

“However, the latest UK unemployment figures do show that employment has been rising for 15 months, and that unemployment is lower now than when this government took office. The current vacancy figures do also show that there are jobs out there in Britain.

“I want us in Norwich to do our bit to help local young people get into work.”

7 comments

  • Crikey, this hasn't been thought through. Where will those target first-time voters get to read about her "jobs4u, votes for me" campaign, I mean I can't see their JSA running to pay for the EDP paper and the on-line version is hardly a yoof-magnet.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • The headline is misleading, having read the report 53 pages long..phew!!! Pitching young Brits against der German ,Dutch and Danish economy is flawed to say the least. However, the main drought of jobs for young Brit natives is not addressed by this outfit...migration of a million and half failed ex commie youngsters to these shores. The three other countries in question opted to ban the failed commies until 2014, in case there was a recession in their economies...panned out rather well for three surging countries methinks!!!

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    nrg

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Now we wheeled out the Bishop, the PM and some local companies who benefit from a lot of public tenders, all say yes to 1000 jobs in two years time, well done you what an astonishing and absolute unrivalled achievement that would be, if it ever happens. Then there is NCC money, some 3.5 million to create well, over 300 apprenticeships, but no more than 400, paying companies to take on young people and teach them a trade that might have a future, or not, the latter is irrelevant as long as they pay taxes and are employed. Well Chloe, try this for future jobs, persuade the minority PM to create new revenue streams instead of placating fast train sets, a national recycling industry that has targets for all businesses and local authorities to achieve? We are talking about a 6-10 billion business of recycling resources, not burning them, monies that are currently not available. Recycling rare earth metals? its done on the continent! Enhanced landfill mining and reclamation of old landfill sites? its done on the continent. Having targets for industry to take up recycled materials? its done on...... So why not here? would this have anything to do with the 2.3 billion fraud in local and national Government? The existing legislation re: privatisation of the NHS should be repealed by the law lords, it has been carried out in secret and without publication of reports into it and some 40% of representatives having a vested interest in it, Tory or Labour, should resign. The problem are party politics, the establishment and an unchanged electoral system.

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • What a relief, where would be without Chloe but right at the bottom of the pile. As long as she comes up with the rhetoric, these youngsters might listen, what if they had enough of not finding jobs here? Will they do as Irish youngsters do? leave the country and pay taxes somewhere else? revolt from 11am onwards using their I clones? or get really angry? How many people who are unemployed do not sign on, having had enough of bullying and harassment by the DWP? any figures available?

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    ingo wagenknecht

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Unless Chloe Smith can magic away a triple-dip recession and loss of the Uk's triple A credit rating without an industrial strategy or by cutting employment rights she is kidding herself.Workfare is not the answer.

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    Peter Watson

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • What a shocking report. Thank God for Chloe and her Norwich For Jobs campaign. Why didn't the Bible warn us the Messiah could return as a woman! I'm giving you the benefit of the doubt here EDP - the alternative interpretation is that your extensive daily adulation of her is tantamount to worship of a false icon. At this rate the next Census will show Chloe has overtaken Jedi as the most pop religion in Norwich.

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    Mr Cameron Isaliar

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

  • Latch onto any story going that can be tagged onto another Norwich f.o. Jobs article. Looking forward to the first article claiming the first one down.

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    Police Commissioner ???

    Tuesday, January 29, 2013

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