FEATURE6 November 2014

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Features Impact Youth

When the recession hit, there were few sections of society unaffected by the bleaker economic climate and the coalition’s imposed austerity measures. But of all the differing demographics tightening their purse-strings and adjusting their behaviour, the one that felt more than its fair share of the downturn pain were the 16 to 24 year-olds.

In 2011, youth unemployment hit the one million mark or 21.3% of young people (June to August) – it was the highest recorded since measurement of this type began in 1992. While the situation has since improved – 767, 000 ...