Long-term unemployed youth: Characteristics and policy responses

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14 December 2017
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14 December 2017
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Abstract

While the youth labour market has improved considerably since 2014, one legacy of the recent economic crisis is the large cohort of long-term unemployed young people, which represents nearly one-third of jobless young people. This report provides an updated profile of the youth labour market in 2016 and describes trends over the past decade. It explores the determinants of long-term unemployment, at both sociodemographic and macroeconomic levels. It also provides evidence on the serious consequences for young people of spending a protracted time in unemployment, such as scarring effects on income and occupation and on several dimensions of young people’s well-being. The report concludes with a discussion of selected policy measures recently implemented by 10 Member States in order to prevent young people from becoming long-term unemployed or, if they are in such circumstances, to integrate them into the labour market or education. An executive summary is available - See Related content.

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    Number of Pages: 
    94
    Reference No: 
    EF1729
    ISBN: 
    978-92-897-1621-5
    Catalogue: 
    TJ-06-17-298-EN-N
    DOI: 
    10.2806/940447
    Catalogue info

    Long-term unemployed youth: Characteristics and policy responses

    While the youth labour market has improved considerably since 2014, one legacy of the recent economic crisis is the large cohort of long-term unemployed young people, which represents nearly one-third of jobless young people. This report provides an updated profile of the youth labour market in 2016 and describes trends over the past decade.

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  • Executive summary

    Reference No: 
    EF17291
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    Long-term unemployed youth: Characteristics and policy responses - Executive summary

    Authors: 
    Eurofound

    Despite positive signs of improvement in the youth labour market across the European Union since 2014, concerns persist regarding the high levels of youth unemployment and long-term youth unemployment. While long-term youth unemployment is certainly not a new policy challenge for Europe, there is broad agreement that, having been exacerbated by the 2008 economic crisis, it now affects a wider range of young people than it ever did before, ranging from those with third-level degrees to the most disadvantaged young people. The prevalence of long-term youth unemployment also differs considerably across EU Member States and has been subject to noticeable variations across time. Although the majority of Member States have recorded an increase in long-term youth unemployment rates since the crisis, a number of countries seem to be managing this policy challenge by putting appropriate support measures in place. This study presents a detailed examination of long-term youth unemployment in Europe. Read more in the report - See Related content.

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