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Youth unemployment in the UK: OECD Report

by on June 26, 2013

According to the latest OECD report (Education at a Glance), young people in the UK spend more time out of work or on the dole than their counterparts in other western countries.

An article here in The Independent describes some of the report’s findings. Between the ages of 15 and 29, young people in the UK can expect to spend an average of 2.3 years either unemployed or out of the labour market entirely. This compares to 1.1 years in Luxembourg and the Netherlands, 1.2 in Iceland, 1.3 in Norway and Switzerland and 1.7 in Germany and Australia.

The UK also has one of the lowest percentages of those aged 15 to 19 and 20 to 29 enrolled in education amongst OECD countries. Andreas Schleicher, head of education at the OECD, is reported as saying that those who leave academic education and have low qualifications have been the worst hit by the economic downturn (the ‘lost generation’ perhaps?).

A copy of the OECD report can be downloaded from this link.

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