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‘More must be done to tackle youth unemployment’ – Eluned Parrott

November 16, 2011 11:58 AM

In response to new unemployment figures released today, the Welsh Liberal Democrats have called for more investment in education, training and economic development to help tackle unemployment, particularly amongst young people.

Statistics show that Wales has the highest rate of unemployment of the devolved nations in UK at 9.3%. Latest figures on youth unemployment show that 22.4% of 16-24 year olds looking for work are unemployed.

Eluned Parrott, Welsh Liberal Democrat Shadow Minister for Enterprise and Business, commented:

"These figures are of course very worrying and cannot be ignored.

"Young people need as much support as possible once they leave education, and we need to see steps to prevent even more youngsters becoming economically inactive. This will help to boost the economy in both the short-term and the long-term across Wales.

"We need to be equipping our young people with the essential skills that will assist them in gaining work once they are leaving education. At the moment, this isn't happening.

"It is absolutely vital that we take action to tackle joblessness using initiatives to build valuable skills. These initiatives need to be for the long term, rather than offering short term employment schemes.

"The Welsh Liberal Democrats are pushing the Government to provide more opportunities for education, training, and economic development in the forthcoming budget to help tackle unemployment in Wales."