ERSA welcomes the news that the latest figures, published today by the Office of National Statistics, which show that the unemployment rate has fallen again in the last quarter and is now at 6.4% (the lowest level since 2008) and that youth unemployment has seen the largest annual fall since records began.

ERSA also welcomes Governments recognition of the employment support sector in reducing long term unemployment by 171,000 on this year.

Chief Executive of ERSA, Kirsty McHugh, said:

‘Youth unemployment can have a lifelong negative effect on people so it is imperative that young people get the right support to either find that first job, or move back into work. The Work Programme has already helped over 143,000 young people into work and is contributing to the record fall in youth unemployment seen in this past year.’