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Tackle long term youth unemployment

Assembly Member Jennette Arnold urges Mayor Johnson to tackle long-term youth unemployment
Mayor Boris Johnson today came under calls to deliver on the Olympic legacy and tackle long term unemployment and youth unemployment in the capital. The latest figures released on Wednesday show that long-term youth unemployment (aged 18-24) in the capital has risen from 1,810 to 7,705 between July 2011 and July 2012. They also reveal that long-term unemployment (aged 25 and over) has risen from 35,835 to 57,845 over the same period.
In response to the latest figures local Labour London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold has called for the government and Mayor Boris Johnson to use all their powers to get Londoners back to work.
    * Long term youth unemployment (age 18-24) in Hackney has risen 103% between July 2011 and July 2012 from 150 to 305.

    * Long term unemployment (aged 25+) has risen by 27.9%, from 2,380 to 3,045 over the same period.

Labour London Assembly Member Jennette Arnold said: "The current slight drop in unemployment is welcome, however more needs to be done about the growing concern of youth unemployment. The mayor needs to use all of his powers to tackle this growing crisis and deliver an economic Olympic legacy, the best way to inspire a new generation is to provide them with opportunities. A return to the 80s and 90s where recession saw youth unemployment sky-rocket and a whole generation of young people lost out can not be allowed.”

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