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Royal charity urges action as youth unemployment soars

JOB HUNT: Number of young people out of work has quadrupled

THE PRINCE'S Trust is calling for urgent action from the government to tackle the problem of youth unemployment.

Latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show 115,000 18 to 24-year-olds have been unemployed for longer than two years.

The government says it has dramatically increased the number of work experience placements and apprenticeships.

However, the The Prince's Trust believe thousands of young people are in danger of being trapped into extreme long-term unemployment.

Paul Brown, a director at the charity, believes the unemployed would need “specialist help to try and get them back into the workplace.”

He told BBC Newsbeat: “I've seen time after time, even young people who've been out of work for many years, turn their life around.

"That has to be worth it for them and for the economy as a whole.”

Prof John van Reenan, director of the Centre for Economic Performance at the London School blamed the recession for the high figures.

He also spoke about the education system for not giving people the right skills needed for all sections of the economy.

“What happens is that young people who stay unemployed for a long period of time – it scars them," he said.

"They're going to have low wages and a history of not being able to get a job and that, over the long run, seriously reduces growth as well as hurting their own prospects and those of their families."

The figures on long-term, youth unemployment have more than quadrupled in the last decade.

The Prince's Trust says if nothing is done, the UK could be on the brink of a youth jobs crisis.

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