Youngsters face ‘postcode lottery for jobs’

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SCOTTISH school leavers are set to face a postcode lottery in finding jobs, as youth unemployment soars in parts of the UK, a study suggests.

It argues that there is now a north-south divide, with youngsters in Scotland facing the worst prospects.

At the same time, London and the south-east remain relatively unaffected by youth unemployment, according to a study by education specialists Ambitious Minds.

When pupils began their secondary education unemployment rates were low.

But the last five years have brought “economic deterioration, systemic failures, false dawns and empty promises,” it says.

The organisation looked at the impact of the recession on job prospects and found hotspots of youth unemployment throughout the UK, based on published figures.

Scotland and the north-east, have all had rises in youth unemployment that are twice as large as those in London and the south-east, which have seen only small increases, In Scotland, the rate of young claimants had also risen by 3.5 percentage points in the same period, the report says.