Animation ridicules British Youth Jobless: One Million
Watch the above video for an Tawianese-produced animation of the plight of British youth which now exceeds on million unemployed. The British Establishment apparently has lots of money to spend on war, but little money to redress the plight of British youth and other disenfranchised British people.
The number of 16 to 24-year-olds looking for work increased by 67,000 in the quarter to September to 1.02 million, the worst total since comparable records began in 1992, giving a jobless rate of 21.9%, also a record.
Unions, business groups and opposition parties all called for measures to halt the decline in employment amid predictions of worse to come, especially among women and the young.
British Gas, mining giant Rio Tinto Alcan and Clydesdale and Yorkshire banks added to the gloom with separate announcements of almost 1,700 job cuts.
Meanwhile, the Bank of England painted a bleak economic picture for the UK as it forecast a heightened risk of a double-dip recession and paved the way for another round of emergency measures. Bank governor Sir Mervyn King sent a stark message to political leaders as he flagged an unresolved eurozone debt crisis as the "single biggest risk" to the economy.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said the unemployment figures showed how much the economy was being affected by the crisis in the eurozone, adding: "Our European partners must take urgent action to stabilise the position. Our challenge in the autumn statement will be to put in place additional measures to support growth and create employment opportunities, especially for young people."
But Labour leader Ed Miliband said it was a "terrible day" for the country, adding: "Instead of blaming everyone else and trying to find excuses in the eurozone, the Government should recognise that the British economy has been flatlining for a year - long before this recent crisis began. David Cameron needs to start listening, take some responsibility and change course."
The new figures showed that total unemployment rose by 129,000 in the latest quarter, to 2.62 million, the worst since 1994, giving a jobless rate of 8.3%, the highest since 1996.
TUC general secretary Brendan Barber said: "Today's milestone of more than a million young people being out of work is the true mark of the Government's economic strategy. Government plans to offer cut-price work experience are a woefully inadequate response."
John Walker, chairman of the Federation of Small Businesses, said: "Youth unemployment figures are truly shocking and with more than one million young people unable to find a job, the Government must wake up and take action to turn this around - and its autumn statement is the perfect time to do this."
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