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Youth employment debate 1

Youth Employment Minister Angela Constance said the youth unemployment rate had decreased in the last year but it was "not enough", during a debate on the issue on 10 January 2012.

Ms Constance said: "The youth unemployment rate in Scotland has decreased over the year - we now have 25,000 less young people unemployed in Scotland compared to this time last year.

"This represents the biggest decrease in youth unemployment since these figures were first collected on the current basis in 2006.

The youth unemployment rate - which covers 16 to 24-year-olds - fell by 4.3% over 2012 to 21.1%, slightly below the UK rate according to Office for National Statistics (ONS) figures published in December.

The minister said whilst all would welcome the step in the right direction, "there's so much more to do".

She said: "Above all we need to ensure that our young people have hope and ambition for their future and that they do not become dis-engaged from society and become just another unemployment statistic."

Labour's employment spokesperson Ken Macintosh said: "Frankly the motion before us today is too complacent for the scale of the challenge we face."

Mr Macintosh said: "The Scottish government's actions do not match its words" later adding "fine words are not enough Scotland's young people need action and they need action now".

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Youth employment debate 2

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