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Well, I'll just point you, in the chapter on employment, to p.50 (pdf)/p.85 (printed), where youth employment gets the header One in five youngsters is unemployed, below which can be read:

In France, Italy, Sweden, and some of the new member-states, more than one in five young people is looking for a job.

That plain statement, which can only be understood to mean that 1 in 5 of the 15-24 age-group is looking for a job, is (on the part of people who know what the stats mean) deliberately misleading. It refers to an unemployment rate of over 20%. That is not 20% of all people in that age group, it is 20% of the labour force, ie those who are (in employment + jobseekers). This is an age group where large numbers are in education, and where, according to national cultural differences, it may be more or less customary for students to have part-time jobs on the side. The size of the labour force (and therefore the unemployment rate) depends on this difference. Baldly stating that more than one in five youngsters is looking for a job (when in France, for example, it's actually less than one in ten), is simply setting out to blacken the picture the better to promote an ideological agenda.

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Fri Mar 14th, 2008 at 05:38:30 PM EST
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