The Worst Towns for Employment

Photograph: Gabriel Szabo/Guzelian

Nearly a quarter of 16- to 24-year-olds are not in work, education or training  in some English towns – and this is likely to rise in the next few years.

Grimsby, Doncaster and Warrington are reported to be the worst areas for youth unemployment according to the Work Foundation, with almost one in four under 25 year olds being unemployed.

The areas with most potential appear to be Oxford, Aberdeen and York,  where the proportion of unemployed 16- to 24-year-olds is fewer than one in 10 – far below the national average of 15.6%.

The study revealed that areas with the most youth unemployment tended to be in the north of England, in areas with a history of industrial decline that were heavily reliant on public sector employment. Apart from Birmingham, these cities and towns were on the outskirts of major cities, had relatively low-skilled citizens and had struggled to attract private sector firms.





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