The Government’s mismanagement of the pandemic response has left the UK with soaring unemployment and the worst recession of any major economy. Job losses continue and younger workers are being hit the hardest.
New figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that almost 90% of job losses in the past year affected people aged 35 and under. Between February 2020 and February 2021, 693,000 fewer people were in paid employment in the UK. Around 63% (437,000) of those who lost their jobs were under 25, while a further 25% were aged 25 to 34 (174,000).
Young people are facing a jobs crisis and yet the Government’s struggling Kickstart scheme has created just 4,000 jobs. Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak must do much more to create job opportunities for our young people or they risk creating a lost generation. That’s why I’ve been supporting Sheffield College on their plans to help their students catch up and why Labour has been calling for a green recovery that will bring forward billions of capital investment in order to create new jobs.