Scottish Youth Unemployment Levels Reach Lowest on Record
June 2, 2015
The number of young men and women who are registered as being unemployed across Scotland fell to the lowest level yet recorded over the course of 2014, it has been revealed.
Figures detailing youth unemployment in Scotland were released in recent days by the Scottish government, with only 21,000 individuals aged between 16 and 19 found not to be either in work, education or training.
Although there are clearly still large numbers of young people in Scotland who are unable to find employment, the levels in 2014 were the lowest recorded since comparable records were first collected in 2004.
Representatives of the Scottish government have been quick to welcome the findings and point out that youth unemployment levels have generally been heading in the wrong direction across most parts of the European Union.
“These record low levels indicates Scotland is bucking the European trend when it comes to youth unemployment levels, with only five of the 28 EU Members States having a lower youth unemployment rate,” said Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training Roseanna Cunningham.
“Scotland has taken a unique approach to supporting people into employment, recognising the link between growing the economy and tackling inequality and implementing the living wage, as well as improving vocational training and providing more modern apprenticeships,” she added.
Cunningham also said that levels of unemployment among women is lower in Scotland than in any other European country at just 4 per cent.
“While we know there is more still to be done, our work in key areas to help people into work is reaping real dividends,” she said.
Across the UK as a whole, unemployment has also been falling in recent months, with the number of Britons not in work, education or training recently having dropped to the lowest level recorded since 2008.
Indeed, data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed that there was a decline of 35,000 in the number unemployed Britons in the first three months of 2015.
“This is a testament to our long-term economic plan,” reckoned Priti Patel, who was recently installed in Westminster as a work and pensions minister.
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