Many young unemployed people feel marginalised, pessimistic and lacking in control over their lives, claims a survey by the UCU lecturers’ union. The survey of youngsters not in education, employment or training – so-called Neets – found a third had experienced depression and more than a third “rarely left the house”.
The poll examined views of some 1,000 youngsters aged 16-24 across the UK.
The UCU’s Simon Renton said it showed the “personal impact” of unemployment.
There are about 900,000 young people classified as being Neet and the lecturers’ union survey provides an insight into how they see their circumstances.
It reveals that many feel isolated and are lacking in confidence – 40% feel they are not part of society, 36% believe they will never have a chance of getting a job.
One third have suffered depression, 37% rarely go outside the house and 39% suffer from stress.
There has been a long-term problem with youth unemployment, particularly for youngsters who have left school with poor qualifications