Fewer teens working

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The nation's 16 and 17-years-old are less likely to be employed now than a decade ago, according to figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS).

There has been a decrease from 54 to 37 per cent in the proportion of the age group who are active in the labour market, while for those aged 18-plus the drop has been by just two points to 72 per cent.

The unemployment rate for those aged 16 or 17 has increased from 19 per cent in 2002 to 37 per cent, and fewer young people in full-time education also had a job, according to the Measuring Young People’s Wellbeing 2012 report, which looked at a number of activities and trends affecting 16 to 24-year-olds.

Nationally, about a million young people are estimated to be unemployed, according to monthly employment statistics, a figure that has been rising over the past two years.

However, the ONS study found, around 85 per cent were optimistic for the future and three quarters of 16 to 19-year-olds reported medium to high levels of satisfaction with the amount of time they have to do the things they like.

Meanwhile, leaving the parental home has become more protracted and diverse for this generation of teenagers, with young people – especially men – tending to remain in the parental home for longer either because of study, work or to save money. However, about a third of those living at home were not in employment or actively looking for a job.


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