Exponential rise in youth unemployment shows why recovery must be put first

The number of people aged between 18 and 24 now claiming unemployment related benefits in Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City has more than doubled over the past year. From 1,385 to 2,985, a rise of 115%. Scottish Liberal Democrat candidate for the North East, Rosemary Bruce, has said the exponential rise is even more reason to "put recovery first".

According to the latest data set published by the Office of National Statistics, 9,720 people in Aberdeen City and 6,605 in Aberdeenshire are now claiming unemployment benefits. This amounts to an increase of 133% and 124% respectively, between March 2020 and March 2021.
1,680 people aged between 18 and 24 in Aberdeen City and a further 1,305 in Aberdeenshire are now claiming unemployment benefits - an increase of 121% and 109% respectively since March 2020.
Commenting on the statistics, Rosemary Bruce, who is also the candidate for Aberdeenshire West said:
"So many people have lost their jobs during the past year and it's clear that young people in the North East have had to suffer the most.
"The Scottish Liberal Democrats are committed to investing in young people and the future of the Scottish economy, but this can only be done if we put recovery first."
Notes to Editors:
Breakdown of statistics by local authority and age attached. Note on data below:
The number of people claiming unemployment benefits is not the same as unemployment as someone can be unemployed but not claim an unemployment benefit, and also claim unemployment benefits even if they are not unemployed. However, trends in the claimant count tend to be similar to trends in unemployment, and the claimant rate provides a useful comparator of different areas.
The claimant count rose sharply between March and May 2020 following the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic. Please note that while some of the increase in the Claimant Count will be due to people who have become unemployed, some will also be due to employed people who have become eligible for Universal Credit as part of the UK government response.

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