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The young have been hit hard, but government and employers can help

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he young are hit hardest by unemployment because not having a job, or losing a job early in a career, often blights them for life. So while everyone suffers in a recession, young people suffer worst. The developed world is now struggling out of the deepest recession since the Second World War, so there is the gravest danger that people in their twenties will be disadvantaged long after recovery has taken hold.

The latest UK figures for unemployment show it has grown from 3.9 per cent to 4.1 per cent in the three months to July, but that is artificial in the sense that many jobs are being protected by the furlough scheme. If you take employment, rather than unemployment, and look at August, there was a fall of 156,000 jobs for 16 to 24-year-olds. You can’t be furloughed if........

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