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Published on February 18th, 2012 | by Natalie Hodgson
Image © Many men and only one jobOn the 15th of February the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its latest figures for the labour market and with it a couple of Guardian articles spreading doom and gloom over the state of the labour market. What do the statistics say and do we really need all the doom and gloom? A mini foreword; all the statistics I will be using are coming from this list of data, which is part of the latest figures, and the data will be from October to December 2011 and percentage shall be rounded up to 2 decimal places. I'll try not to make this dull but I can't promise anything, there will be a lot of numbers to read. So, we have 40.184 million people between 16 and 64 years old - of this 2.644 million are unemployed, which is 6.58% of the working population. While this may see like a large percentage, this is much smaller compared to the number of the working population who are inactive 9.286 million. Now where do those in the 16 to 24 year old category fit into this? Well 3.631 million - 12.85% are employed, 1.038 million - 39.28% are unemployed and 2.632 million - 28.34% are inactive. So yes, the 16 to 24 age category are bearing the worst of the unemployment since we alone count for almost 40% of the unemployed working population. Not the prettiest of pictures, but if it helps only 14.22% of the 16-24s are unemployed, 36.05% are inactive and the rest at 49.73% are employed. Though you might be wondering why most of us are considered economically inactive, well one reason for this inactivity is full time education - 3.057 million are in full time education such as college and university though some will be working at the same time. Even so, unemployment has risen from 12.48% back in October to December 2009 and the inactivity has dropped from 36.15% in October to December 2009. Overall though there is a reason for doom and gloom because even with further education getting a job is still rather difficult, being stuck between a rock and hard place - needing experience to get a job but needing a job to get experience. There are apprenticeships - though I've not heard a glowing review about it, seems like they don't lead to jobs and are things like stacking shelves (please correct me if I'm wrong). I've heard from a friend some jobs advertised on job websites don't exist - she applied for a job and the same job came up again after closing, and another friend is considering working for free for a year in order to get the experience required to get a job. On a brighter note there are jobs out there; 476,000 between November and January 2012, though they may not be the ones you would like.

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Britain’s unemployed youth

Many men and only one jobOn the 15th of February the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released its latest figures for the labour market and with it a couple of Guardian articles spreading doom and gloom over the state of the labour market. What do the statistics say and do we really need all the doom and gloom?

A mini foreword; all the statistics I will be using are coming from this list of data, which is part of the latest figures, and the data will be from October to December 2011 and percentage shall be rounded up to 2 decimal places. I’ll try not to make this dull but I can’t promise anything, there will be a lot of numbers to read.

So, we have 40.184 million people between 16 and 64 years old – of this 2.644 million are unemployed, which is 6.58% of the working population. While this may see like a large percentage, this is much smaller compared to the number of the working population who are inactive 9.286 million. Now where do those in the 16 to 24 year old category fit into this? Well 3.631 million – 12.85% are employed, 1.038 million – 39.28% are unemployed and 2.632 million – 28.34% are inactive. So yes, the 16 to 24 age category are bearing the worst of the unemployment since we alone count for almost 40% of the unemployed working population.

Not the prettiest of pictures, but if it helps only 14.22% of the 16-24s are unemployed, 36.05% are inactive and the rest at 49.73% are employed. Though you might be wondering why most of us are considered economically inactive, well one reason for this inactivity is full time education – 3.057 million are in full time education such as college and university though some will be working at the same time. Even so, unemployment has risen from 12.48% back in October to December 2009 and the inactivity has dropped from 36.15% in October to December 2009.

Overall though there is a reason for doom and gloom because even with further education getting a job is still rather difficult, being stuck between a rock and hard place – needing experience to get a job but needing a job to get experience. There are apprenticeships – though I’ve not heard a glowing review about it, seems like they don’t lead to jobs and are things like stacking shelves (please correct me if I’m wrong). I’ve heard from a friend some jobs advertised on job websites don’t exist – she applied for a job and the same job came up again after closing, and another friend is considering working for free for a year in order to get the experience required to get a job.

On a brighter note there are jobs out there; 476,000 between November and January 2012, though they may not be the ones you would like.

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  • http://www.bluntcrayon.wordpress.com Annie

    ‘On a brighter note there are jobs out there; 476,000 between November and January 2012, though they may not be the ones you would like [sic.]‘

    I take issue with that. Are you suggesting that unemployed people are deliberately avoiding said jobs because they find them degrading? And (Devil’s Advocate) say you like really, REALLY out in the sticks, somewhere like rural Devon, how are hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of jobs up north (just for example) going to be of any use?

    Annie

    • Natalie Hodgson

      I'm not suggesting unemployed people are delibertely avoiding jobs they find degrading, its more the jobs available aren't for the career path you want. For example jobs available are for Accounting when you want to work in IT.

  • http://www.bluntcrayon.wordpress.com Annie

    *’live’, sorry (not like)

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  • Natalie Hodgson

    I'm glad you enjoyed my post, thank you for commenting.

  • Natalie Hodgson

    Thank you for your comment

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