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ONS Labour Market shows unemployment fall despite high youth unemployment

Ian Burke, director of totaljobs.com, said

Ian Burke, director of totaljobs.com, said:

“Today’s fall in unemployment comes as the major political parties turn their attention to employment in the run up to May’s general election. Labour has promised to offer apprenticeships to 80,000 school leavers while the Conservative Party has announced proposals for mandatory community work for 18-21 year olds.  

“These announcements signal that ‘Generation Z’ is at the heart of the parties’ manifesto plans, which is welcome news as youth unemployment remains disproportionality high. Businesses can help by widening their recruitment net to ensure that the skills they require are clear and achievable for young jobseekers. Economic recovery alone will not solve youth unemployment.”

Totaljobs.com is the UK’s largest jobs board.