Sunday, 18 May 2014

Unemployment still a major problem

Latest official figures on youth unemployment indicate UK Government policies are failing Scotland’s young people.

Overall, the Scottish youth unemployment rate shows that 1-in-5 young people are without work (20.6%). Compared with 2008, the year in which UK governments embarked on implementing savage ‘austerity measures’, the rate of unemployment for those aged between 16 and 24 has risen by 7%.

Within the British Union, employment and economic matters in Scotland are the responsibility of the UK Tory-Lib Dem Government in London.

Labour Market statistics, based on the Annual Population Survey, record North Ayrshire as experiencing one of Scotland’s highest increases in youth unemployment – up 0.8% on the previous year.

The local area also has the lowest overall figure for people in employment – just 60.1%. Shetland has Scotland’s highest level of employment at 83.2%. The figure for Scotland is 71%.

Despite having very limited powers under the current devolved settlement, the SNP Scottish Government indicated it would do everything it could to improve the employment prospects of everyone in Scotland. Angela Constance MSP, the Scottish Government’s Secretary for Youth Employment said, “Employment rates remain far too low in some areas. We will continue to work with areas, including North Ayrshire, to identify what more can be done to help drive a stronger economic recovery.”

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