This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.Find out more here

GET INVOLVED

To discuss how you and your organisation can get more involved with The Work Foundation, please contact us.

Call 020 7976 3575 or email info@theworkfoundation.com

CONTACT

Comment on the latest ONS labour market statistics

Ian Brinkley

16 March 2011

For immediate release: 16 March 2011

Bleak prospects for young people as unemployment rises

Commenting on today’s labour market statistics, Ian Brinkley, director of socio-economic programmes at The Work Foundation, said:

“The labour market remains weak; modest employment growth has been matched by increasing unemployment and economic inactivity comparing the three months to January with the previous three months. Some of this might be a short-term blip, but the prospects for 2011 are not encouraging as the expected large-scale job losses in the public sector have still to feed through. Meanwhile, the rise in unemployment has been largely felt by the young, increasing numbers of which are becoming long-term unemployed – a clear warning of big problems to come.”

Ends

Notes to editors

 

1.       There was an increase in employment of 32,000, an increase in unemployment of 27,000 and an increase in economic inactivity of 43,000. Overall, there was an increase of 93,000 in the 16+ population.

2.       There are 974,000 unemployed 16–24 year-olds. Unemployment among young people increased by 31,000 from November to January, greater than the overall increase in unemployment of 27,000.

3.       Ian Brinkley is available for interviews and briefings.

4.       The Work Foundation is the leading independent authority on work and its future. It aims to improve the quality of working life and the effectiveness of organisations by equipping leaders, policymakers and opinion-formers with evidence, advice, new thinking and networks. In October 2010, Lancaster University acquired The Work Foundation, forming a new alliance that will enable both organisations to further enhance their impact. www.theworkfoundation.com

 

 

Media enquiries:

 

Tom Phillips 0207 976 3554 tphillips@theworkfoundation.com

 

Nasreen Memon 020 7976 3507 or 07825 527 036 nmemon@theworkfoundation.com