The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
New statistics released by the Office of National Statistics make for worrisome reading. Unemployment in the UK has risen to 2.261 million (7.2%) in the three months to April, the highest since November 1996. It seems the greenshoots of economic recovery have yet to truly take root.
Young people have been the hardest-hit by the recession, with the unemployment rate for 18-24 year olds now at 16.6%. There are over 208,000 teenagers now not in either education and employment and New Deal of the Mind has drawn attention to the rising number of Neets (those not in employment, education or training) in the UK.
The number of people claiming unemployment benefit rose by 39,000 in May, encouragingly less than the 60,000 which had been predicted by analysts. Average earnings rose 0.8%, more than expected, in the three months to April.
However, the number of people in work fell by 271,000 over the three months to 29.11 million, the biggest quarterly drop since comparable records began in 1971. The number of vacancies fell from 659,000 in May 2008 to 424,000 in May this year – a 35.6% drop.