More young people are unemployed or working part-time.
The proportion of all young people (aged 16 to 29) in employment fell from 57% to 51% between 2007 and 2010. And of those who are employed, more are working part-time - up from 13% in 2007 to 18% in 2010.
Youth unemployment in Scotland should not be thought of as affecting only recent school leavers.
The fall in the employment rate of 16 to 22 year olds and 23 to
29 year olds between 2007 and 2010 was of a similar magnitude, 5-6
percentage points for both age groups. Equally, the rate of
increase of those unemployed or on a government training scheme was
similar for both age groups.
The change in transition has been most significant in young women.
The increase in the number of women claiming Jobseekers Allowance was significant and recent figures suggest that fewer women (than their male counterparts) have come off the benefit since the beginning of the economic recovery.