The latest UK Labour Market Statistics from the ONS have been released.
Even though youth employment continues to improve, overall employment has fallen.
In response, Chris Jones, Chief Executive of the City & Guilds Group, said:
'It’s great that youth unemployment continues to fall. Even though 15.9% of young people are still unemployed, the Government’s investment in cutting youth unemployment is clearly starting to pay off. We need to see that kind of commitment for everyone, no matter what age or stage they’re at in their careers.
‘The fact that overall unemployment has increased is a sign that Government needs to do more to support high-quality skills education and training for all ages, not just young people. In last week’s Budget, there was no provision for vocational training for those adults who are either long-term unemployed, or need to enhance their skills.
'Getting into work is one thing; progressing in the workplace and being a productive employee is another.
‘The bottom line is, our economic growth won’t be sustainable unless we strengthen the UK’s skills base.’