People out of work to hit 1 million by end of 2012

[18 Apr 2012]

It is estimated that by the end of 2012 there will be just over 1 million people without a job in Britain. According to a government agency another 107000 people will become unemployed in the coming months. This will lead to the highest level of unemployment since 1995. An economist who was talking about the problem within Britain today said: “Unemployment is not going to fall until the middle of 2013 and the number of people out of work for more than a year is going to grow to almost a million the end of this year.” “The longer someone is unemployed, the less likely they are to ever return to work.”

A recent study showed unemployment increased by 28,000 to 2.67 million between November and January, last month’s figures showed, with 1.6 million claiming jobseeker’s allowance.

We asked some Sirius students if they worry about being able to get a job once they leave school:

Josh Wall (Year 11) said: “It is worrying, as a year 11 I will be looking to leave school and enter work soon and if there aren’t any jobs available and no opportunities this will affect my future.”

Shaun Welsh (Year 11): “Hopefully more jobs will become available for younger people as we all deserve a chance to get into work and be able to earn a living.”