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Almost two-thirds of people who lost jobs in UK pandemic are under 25

ONS figures come as report says youth unemployment could reach 1m without concerted action

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The numbers of young people out of work in the UK have reached new highs – with young people accounting for nearly two-thirds of job losses since the pandemic, according to official figures.

The regional employment figures from the Office for National Statistics show that long-term unemployment has risen 40% over the same period to 215,000 young people out of work for six months or more. Of all 16- to 24-year-olds who are currently unemployed, 74% have been unemployed for at least six months.

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