Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls on Kent's young unemployed


Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, has been visiting Chatham on the day UK youth unemployment rose to over a million.

Mr Balls said: "I've been at the Medway Youth Trust talking to young people who are saying 'we're working hard, we're studying and doing courses but the jobs just aren't out there'."

The jobless total for 16 to 24-year-olds hit a record high of 1.02 million in the three months to September.

Tracey Crouch, the Conservative MP for Chatham and Aylesford said: "It has increased, there's no denying that, but now we've got the opportunity to do something about it."

The government is bringing in apprenticeship schemes and work experience programmes to help young people, she said.

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