7.4m in 2007
and 20% of 7.4m is nearly 1.4m.
Unemployment among 16 to 24 age group heads above one million barrier/a>
That's more than a million of our youth out of work, detached from the economy and community, short of cash in a culture where you are what you own.
And if a double dip recession develops, as now seems likely, things will get worse.
This situation is intolerable. It will lead to more theft and more riots. Unemployment causes ill health.
It is an insane situation, insane in the sense that the thinking behind unemployment, insofar as there is any thinking, is at odds with reality.
Unemployment represents market failure.
There is no place for unemployment in a green (that is, a real) economy.
When there is work to be done, and people around who are able to do work, it makes no sense to have people idle.
Here is a vignette of this problem in Mozambique.
This is how we can get people back into work, even (especially) in a recession.
1 Set up a tribunal in each Local Authority area with a remit to judge whether the work of an enterprise (public, private or voluntary) is beneficial to society or environment.
2 Enterprises which are accredited as meeting these criteria can take in labour from the Job Centers.
3 The new hands bring their benefit into work with them. That is, there is a 100% Earnings Disregard.
In other words, the benefit in this case behaves exactly as Citizen's Income would work.
4 The employer tops up the pay of the new worker to the going rate for the job.
5 The employer is not allowed to displace old workers with those under the new scheme.
6 There is no element of compulsion in the scheme.
The effect of this "Green Wage Subsidy" (GWS) or "Work Stimulus Scheme" is to provide new work in the green (i.e. constructive) sector. At the same time it increases productivity in the green sector. The work provided reduces poverty, stimulates the local economy, increases social cohesiveness and reduces crime and gang membership. All this comes at no extra cost to the State in the short term, since the benefits would be paid in any case. The GWS just converts benefits from being a dead dole into a stimulus for the green sector of the economy.
It is indeed just taking Ian Duncan Smith's welfare reforms a little further.
More detail on the scheme here.
Community Links is thinking along the same lines.
It is a method of introducing Citizen's Income (which is Green Party policy) in a gradual way.
Unlike having one in 10 people (1 in five of young people) unemployed, it makes sense.
See also: the Philosophy of Work
Scandal of Tesco's use of free labour.