Just wanted to expand quickly on Grant’s post yesterday.
The latest Household Labour Force Survey showed another jump in unemployment for 15-19 year olds. We’re now at 25%.
The last time we saw unemployment at this level for this age group was in the 1990′s (it got to 24.5% in 1993) but I’ve gone back over 20 years and still can’t find a time when it was quite this bad.
The government did have a go at tackling youth unemployment a few months back, but our worry then (and now) was that the package wasn’t going to make the kind of difference required.
With 62,700 young people out of work, we still need a plan.