Figures released this week by the Scottish Trade Union Congress reveal that youth unemployment in East Dunbartonshire has risen by 184% since 2008.
The figures show that unemployment among people aged 18 – 24 rose by 89% across Scotland from February 2008 to February 2010.
Commenting, Jo said:
“It is deeply concerning to learn that unemployment among young people in East Dunbartonshire has risen by more than twice the national average in this recession.
“Being unemployed is difficult for anyone, but for young people it can have serious long term effects, contributing to low self-esteem, depression and potentially long term unemployment later in life. It also makes it much more difficult for young people to think about entering the housing market or to pay into a pension.
“The Labour Government has failed our young people. The Liberal Democrats would create college places, invest in paid work experience for young people and cut income tax, all of which will help young people in East Dunbartonshire who are just starting out.”