Southampton has one of lowest youth unemployment rates in country

Daily Echo: City bucks youth unemployment trend City bucks youth unemployment trend

SOUTHAMPTON has one of the lowest youth unemployment rates in the country, a new report has revealed.

The city is bucking the trend when it comes to unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds, with fewer than 13 per cent out of work.

This compares to more than 25 per cent in many cities across the UK, according to research by the Work Foundation.

The report warned that the Government’s attempts to tackle the UK’s youth unemployment “crisis” has failed, leaving a generation of young people facing a bleak future.

Even Southampton, with fewer than 13 per cent looking for work, the research group said this is still a third higher than the national average in Germany, where 8.6 per cent of youngsters are out of work.

In Bournemouth and Portsmouth youth unemployment rates were also below average with fewer than 17 per cent of 16 to 24-year-olds on the job market.

The UK average for youths out of work is almost one in five but a number of youth unemployment “blackspots” were identified with jobless rates above 25 per cent, including Plymouth and Birmingham.

Southampton Itchen MP John Denham said: “Lower youth unemployment is generally in line with lower levels of unemployment in the south east.

“While it’s good that youth unemployment in Southampton is relatively low, too many young people end up in poorly paid and insecure jobs with few prospects for the future.”

The Daily Echo has been doing its bit with its Give Me a Chance campaign which has been helping to match young jobseekers with employers for more than two years.

The Work Foundation said youngsters leaving school with only GCSEs were more than twice as likely to be unemployed as those with better qualifications. The report called for action to improve apprenticeships, more work experience placements and batter careers advice.

Lizzie Crowley, of the Work Foundation, said: “The UK’s youth unemployment crisis continues to affect almost a million young people, even in the recovery.

“It is shocking that in some cities almost a third of young people are looking for work but are unable to find it.

“Urgent action is needed to ensure young people get the right support.”

Comments (7)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

9:43am Wed 9 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

Looking forward to southy telling us that there are only, like, three jobs in the entire country, and that unemployment is actually at fifteen billion percent or something.
Looking forward to southy telling us that there are only, like, three jobs in the entire country, and that unemployment is actually at fifteen billion percent or something. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 4

10:29am Wed 9 Apr 14

ClaireMarie91 says...

Charlie Bucket wrote:
Looking forward to southy telling us that there are only, like, three jobs in the entire country, and that unemployment is actually at fifteen billion percent or something.
It probably is to be honest. I think they're just hiding the actual figures with all these courses that people are being made to go on. Apparently people are no longer unemployed when on these long term courses. The numbers are bound to be higher with the amount of youngsters doing nothing these days.
[quote][p][bold]Charlie Bucket[/bold] wrote: Looking forward to southy telling us that there are only, like, three jobs in the entire country, and that unemployment is actually at fifteen billion percent or something.[/p][/quote]It probably is to be honest. I think they're just hiding the actual figures with all these courses that people are being made to go on. Apparently people are no longer unemployed when on these long term courses. The numbers are bound to be higher with the amount of youngsters doing nothing these days. ClaireMarie91
  • Score: 2

5:36pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Solomon's Boot says...

Absolutely right ClaireMarie91. I wonder how many of these youngsters have been bullied off benefits by the jobcentres and the new rules? Once you're off benefits you can't be counted!
Absolutely right ClaireMarie91. I wonder how many of these youngsters have been bullied off benefits by the jobcentres and the new rules? Once you're off benefits you can't be counted! Solomon's Boot
  • Score: 2

9:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

southy says...

there is 2,3 million youth unemployed in the UK. Unemployed figures are ajusted to look the best that they can, like as said those that are on courses do not get counte; if they are signing on but recieving no unemployment benefit they are not counted, if you are moved from one list to another you are not counted.
The truth is they dare not give you the truth on unemployment, the same is with they dare not tell you the real truth on how many jobs are out there on the market as most jobs now come though an agency and that 1 job will be advertise in a dozen agency but it will not get counted as 1 job it gets counted as a dozen jobs.
The situation is a lot worse than you and every one being told
there is 2,3 million youth unemployed in the UK. Unemployed figures are ajusted to look the best that they can, like as said those that are on courses do not get counte; if they are signing on but recieving no unemployment benefit they are not counted, if you are moved from one list to another you are not counted. The truth is they dare not give you the truth on unemployment, the same is with they dare not tell you the real truth on how many jobs are out there on the market as most jobs now come though an agency and that 1 job will be advertise in a dozen agency but it will not get counted as 1 job it gets counted as a dozen jobs. The situation is a lot worse than you and every one being told southy
  • Score: 0

1:13am Thu 10 Apr 14

stay local says...

southy wrote:
there is 2,3 million youth unemployed in the UK. Unemployed figures are ajusted to look the best that they can, like as said those that are on courses do not get counte; if they are signing on but recieving no unemployment benefit they are not counted, if you are moved from one list to another you are not counted.
The truth is they dare not give you the truth on unemployment, the same is with they dare not tell you the real truth on how many jobs are out there on the market as most jobs now come though an agency and that 1 job will be advertise in a dozen agency but it will not get counted as 1 job it gets counted as a dozen jobs.
The situation is a lot worse than you and every one being told
Funny how things tends to go over your head! it does not matter a jot if the figures are 35 250 250,000 the report says it is lower in the Southampton area.

However,I like you statement "the truth is they dare not tell you the real truth" no we have to content with Southy truth where the truth comes from secret meetings (normally ones where you have popped out to take a photo at the important point) you record on truth and supplying the evidence to back this up is of such renown I feel you put Baron Münchhausen to shame.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: there is 2,3 million youth unemployed in the UK. Unemployed figures are ajusted to look the best that they can, like as said those that are on courses do not get counte; if they are signing on but recieving no unemployment benefit they are not counted, if you are moved from one list to another you are not counted. The truth is they dare not give you the truth on unemployment, the same is with they dare not tell you the real truth on how many jobs are out there on the market as most jobs now come though an agency and that 1 job will be advertise in a dozen agency but it will not get counted as 1 job it gets counted as a dozen jobs. The situation is a lot worse than you and every one being told[/p][/quote]Funny how things tends to go over your head! it does not matter a jot if the figures are 35 250 250,000 the report says it is lower in the Southampton area. However,I like you statement "the truth is they dare not tell you the real truth" no we have to content with Southy truth where the truth comes from secret meetings (normally ones where you have popped out to take a photo at the important point) you record on truth and supplying the evidence to back this up is of such renown I feel you put Baron Münchhausen to shame. stay local
  • Score: -2

6:32am Thu 10 Apr 14

skeptik says...

Over the years the money spent on madcap schemes to hide the true figures - not peculiar to one party. If that money had been invested in industry or other jobs of wealth creation instead of profit margins of 'training and placement' agencies things might just have been better. 1960s apprentices had a weekly visit from the Industrial Training Board - one a retired banker, would ask questions about the aircraft components we were making, when told it was a dratchet sprocket for a lower oleo skyhook - he would nod with interest. Money for the boys then - now agencies mop up cash. Empty properties business and domestic - master craftsmen and women out of work, youth unemployment and aid to countries with space programmes and buying Russian aircraft carriers. If some of that money could be set aside for refurbishing the nations building stock - using master trades to instruct on the job training as properties are refurbished - thus reducing the benefit bill for youth unemployment and the stock value of the nation increases, with training people for the future - the problem would of course be that politicians would use private agencies and stifle any project with admin and red tape. We throw money away instead of making it work for the good of all.
Over the years the money spent on madcap schemes to hide the true figures - not peculiar to one party. If that money had been invested in industry or other jobs of wealth creation instead of profit margins of 'training and placement' agencies things might just have been better. 1960s apprentices had a weekly visit from the Industrial Training Board - one a retired banker, would ask questions about the aircraft components we were making, when told it was a dratchet sprocket for a lower oleo skyhook - he would nod with interest. Money for the boys then - now agencies mop up cash. Empty properties business and domestic - master craftsmen and women out of work, youth unemployment and aid to countries with space programmes and buying Russian aircraft carriers. If some of that money could be set aside for refurbishing the nations building stock - using master trades to instruct on the job training as properties are refurbished - thus reducing the benefit bill for youth unemployment and the stock value of the nation increases, with training people for the future - the problem would of course be that politicians would use private agencies and stifle any project with admin and red tape. We throw money away instead of making it work for the good of all. skeptik
  • Score: 0

8:58am Thu 10 Apr 14

Charlie Bucket says...

southy wrote:
there is 2,3 million youth unemployed in the UK. Unemployed figures are ajusted to look the best that they can, like as said those that are on courses do not get counte; if they are signing on but recieving no unemployment benefit they are not counted, if you are moved from one list to another you are not counted.
The truth is they dare not give you the truth on unemployment, the same is with they dare not tell you the real truth on how many jobs are out there on the market as most jobs now come though an agency and that 1 job will be advertise in a dozen agency but it will not get counted as 1 job it gets counted as a dozen jobs.
The situation is a lot worse than you and every one being told
You're an utter fool.
[quote][p][bold]southy[/bold] wrote: there is 2,3 million youth unemployed in the UK. Unemployed figures are ajusted to look the best that they can, like as said those that are on courses do not get counte; if they are signing on but recieving no unemployment benefit they are not counted, if you are moved from one list to another you are not counted. The truth is they dare not give you the truth on unemployment, the same is with they dare not tell you the real truth on how many jobs are out there on the market as most jobs now come though an agency and that 1 job will be advertise in a dozen agency but it will not get counted as 1 job it gets counted as a dozen jobs. The situation is a lot worse than you and every one being told[/p][/quote]You're an utter fool. Charlie Bucket
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

click2find

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree