Latest official figures on youth unemployment indicate UK Government policies are failing Scotland’s young people.
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%.
the British Union, employment and economic matters in Scotland are the
responsibility of the UK Tory-Lib Dem Government in London.
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.”