Young and unemployed
Losing your job is a bitter blow for most of us: for young people that blow can be much more bitter and brutal.
When firms cut jobs young workers are often hardest hit. More than 700 a day are signing up for the dole, the fastest rate since Labour came to power in 1997.
So getting a firm foothold on the bottom rung of the career ladder is a challenge: losing that foothold easy. Temporary and casual contracts are the norm - with big firms and service and retail sectors cutting back, many jobhunters are finding their prospects are bleak.
Our reporter Jim Reed spoke to some of them for pieces broadcast on Radio 1's Newsbeat, 1Xtra News and Breakfast News on BBC1. We set up some advice on the Newsbeat website.
And many listeners contacted us. 1Xtra's - the youngest of any BBC adult service with a median age of 21 - had their say.
K.H.Z said: "I graduated from uni in summer, have all the skills needed 4 a job an i cant get anything cuz of experience. I have a fultime job on minimum wage an i should b earning at least double! Vexes me propa."
Another added: "Im 18 and was made redundant 4 months ago iv applied for at least 50 jobs and around 5 hav got bak to me sayin i need experience i dont want to b on job seekers allowance i feel sick knowin im able to work yet nobody will give me work."
But not everyone from the age group was sympathetic - an 18 year old soldier texted us to say: "Its easy to find a job regardless of the economy, its pure laziness. Why not join the armed forces? Most young people cant be bothered."
So what do you think?