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Record number job losses for young people

A record number of young workers lost their jobs this summer, as the pandemic hit youth employment harder than other age groups.
59,000 16-to-24 year-olds were made redundant between July and September, according to analysis from the Trades Union Congress.
That's higher than the figure for the whole of last year, the TUC said.
It warned that a generation of young people could be "scarred by mass unemployment".
Young people are more likely to work in sectors badly hit by lockdown, such as shops, hotels and restaurants, and are therefore at higher risk of redundancy.
The TUC's analysis of data from the Office for National Statistics showed that the number of 16-to-24 year-olds in employment had fallen by 8% to 3.5 million, lower than any point on record.
TUC general secretary Frances O'Grady said: "We are on the edge of a national unemployment crisis. This generation of young workers must not be abandoned to mass unemployment."
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