A recent survey into the youth unemployment levels across the country has revealed that the number of young people aged between 18-24 who are unemployed has in fact dropped in Brighton and Hove. The city is now well below the national average with the percentage being around 2.5% as opposed to just over 5% in the UK.
And it is not just youth unemployment that has seen a drop in numbers; overall, unemployment levels in brighton and Hove has also dropped. Fewer people are claiming job seekers allowance, with just under 5000 people in Brighton on the job seekers system.The council has been working hard over the past few years to ensure that youth unemployment levels are reduced significantly, and it would appear the tactics in place are working. Local organisations in Brighton have been working together to tackle youth unemployment, including City College and the Jobcentre Plus.
There is still more work to be done to ensure fewer young people are out of work and are accessing all job opportunities that are available to them in Brighton. Young people need to be given the best start in life, and being unemployed straight out of school or college is simply not the best start.
Although the reduced figures provide positive news for young job seekers in the Brighton area, more still needs to be done. Many local organisations have been working tirelessly to try to reduce the numbers of unemployed youth and have so far done a fantastic job.
The current job market is extremely competitive, and young people need to be fully prepared and motivated when hunting for job opportunities. All available resources to help with their job search need to be exhausted. Although there appears to be business growth and therefore more job opportunities available, there are still plenty of people searching for jobs, and therefore job seekers need to be working hard to ‘wow’ the interviewee to secure their position.