CBI urges more action

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RECENT figures showing that youth unemployment fell below one million for the first time in a year have been welcomed by a leading business lobbying group - but it has warned that more must be done.

Neil Carberry, director for employment and skills at the Confederation of British Industry, pointed out that more than 2.5m people were still out of work.

“Progress on unemployment will require sustained economic growth. Addressing issues with access to finance and getting shovels in the ground on key infrastructure projects should be priorities for the Government,” he said.

“Effective investment in skills - aligning government spending with what employers need - is also an area where we can make progress. Raising skill levels is an essential part of tackling long-term unemployment,” he stressed.