Youth unemployment falling but problems far from over

14 Nov 2014, keywords :

EU-wide youth unemployment fell to 21.6% in September 2014. This is down from 23.5% in September 2013, according to new figures issued by the Eurobarometer.

Youth unemployment falling but problems far from over

This new figure is down 2% from when EU youth unemployment hit record levels in March 2013 at 23.6%. CESI Youth welcomes the falling rates of unemployment; however given continual revisions of economic growth predictions at EU level it would be a mistake to be complacent on the issue. The new figures are still far from acceptable.

Young people are essential for the EU’s future, as citizens and as workers. Young people unable to find a first job will find scars left in their personal and professional development.

Comparing youth unemployment (21.6%) to unemployment in general (10.1%), it is clear that young people have been hit particularly badly in the crisis. The recovery is also helping young people the least.

The topic of youth unemployment youth was high on CESI Youth’s agenda at a recent meeting (31 October) during which young trade unionists discussed the situation of young people in Europe. These demands will be sent to the new European Commission.

During the meeting it was underlined that the European Commission has to do more to control and encourage the implementation of the Youth Guarantee, with more pressure on national governments being essential to the success of these programs.

The CESI Youth Representative welcomed these positive developments on youth unemployment statistics, adding that “it is important that the new Commission will take these figures as motivation and encouragement for their work on fighting youth unemployment.”

The figures for unemployment rates across the EU can be read in full here.