Lack of work

19th June 2009 at 01:00

One in six 18-year-olds is now not in school, college or work, according to government statistics released this week. The rise, from 14.2 per cent in 2007 to 16.6 per cent in 2008, has been fuelled by the recession and a lack of jobs for school leavers. The figures show that the proportion of 16-year-olds out of work and not training or studying (5.2 per cent) is at its lowest for more than a decade.

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