independent

Monday 2 May 2016

Census figures for the young just don't add up 

Dear Sir, your edition of July 4 2012, commenting on the latest Census report ' At Work', carried a shocking headline 'Youngest workers hardest hit with 65 per cent unemployed', on page 8. In the fifth paragraph of this article this is explained as 'of those aged 15-19, who are eligible to work, a total of 63.3 per cent are unemployed''. I am afraid your paper has combined reckless use of statistics with careless use of language to paint a much bleaker situation than is the reality, bad as it is.

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