The Creative Society is an arts employment charity that helps young people into jobs in the creative and cultural industries.
Official figures released yesterday reveal that number of people out of work in the UK has risen to its highest level in 14 years. Young people are the worst hit, with one in five people aged between 16 and 24 is now looking for work.
It is a sobering reminder for those heartened by recent claims that Britain may be emerging from the shadow of recession.
The data, published by the Office for National Statistics, reveals that unemployment increased by 210,000 to 2.47m in the three months to July. The jobless rate now stands at 7.9%.
Claims for unemployment benefit in August grew concomitantly to 1.61m, an increase of 24,000. The number of those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance now stands at its highest since May 1997.
As expected, young people are worst hit. The number of jobless in the 18-24-year old age group rose from 928,000 to 947,000. Youth unemployment levels continues to march ominously towards the dreaded one million mark.
Unless steps are taken, a new “lost generation” of long-term unemployed, under-skilled and disillusioned young people will emerge, the effects of which could be calamitous.