TUC calls for youth job support

The sectors of the economy which employ the most young people have shed over one million jobs since 2007, new analysis from the Trades Union Congress (TUC) showed today. Manufacturing, construction, retail, hotels and restaurants account for over half of all youth employment, the study showed, and they have been particularly hard hit by the economic downturn. Manufacturing alone saw employment fall by 14 per cent from the final quarter of 2007 to the end of 2011. “A recovery in retail, hotels and restaurants is particularly important for young people as this is where they are most likely to find work,” said the TUC’s Brendan Barber. “Unfortunately these jobs are heavily dependent on people’s disposable incomes and falling wages are forcing people to rein in their spending.”