The Ticking Time Bomb: Youth Unemployment in the North East

The World Turned Upside Down

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Recent figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) made grim reading. According to ONS, the number of young people without a job rose to 993,000, taking the youth unemployment rate to 21.2% nationally. The vast majority of commentators believe that youth unemployment will top the 1 million mark again sooner rather than later. The real significance of this, of course, is the fact that youth unemployment isn’t just something that affects us in the here and now, but which blights communities for generations to come. Up here in the North East, this is something we understand only too well. One of the biggest issues for the region has been the struggle to recover from the Thatcher-engineered mass unemployment of the 1980’s, which left so many of its young people permanently outside the job market, and with few prospects of improving their situation without leaving the North East.

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About farmerg13

22, Media Production Graduate (Sunderland Uni) from Hebburn, South Tyneside. North East Peoples Assembly and Coalition of Resistance Media & Communications Officer. Active in Hebburn South Labour Party. Admin of this blog, opinionated is putting it mildly. NUFC fan. Follow me @farmerg13
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