Yesterday I spoke to a high-flying school-leaver who has some time on his hands before he begins Birmingham University. Like his friends, he is having no luck securing a summer job. Over the last year, the rate of unemployment for youngest adults has rocketed from 11.9% to 17.3%.The Economist notes that the spike in youth unemployment may be aggravated by the national minimum wage.
Meanwhile, Birmingham University Labour Students are campaigning to equalise the national minimum wage for people in the 18-22 age bracket. How will their campaign help somebody who wants to work so he can save for university but can’t even find a job? It would appear that the next generation of Labourites are as out of touch as the current lot.
Dominic Fisher – Local Officer