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Ian Brinkley

Jobs growth but youth unemployment still high

Authors: Ian Brinkley Ian Brinkley

14 August 2013

For immediate release: 14 August 2013

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director at The Work Foundation, said:

“The employment figures released today are encouraging, and taking into account improvements in the economy both here and abroad, suggest a labour market recovery is underway.

But so far, the growth of jobs has made no impact on the overall unemployment rate which stands at 7.8%, and unemployment of young people between the ages of 18 and 24 has actually gone up to 19.2%.

“These figures show the Bank of England’s pledge to keep interest rates on hold until unemployment is down to 7% is unlikely to be reviewed any time soon.”

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