UNISON is today warning that the toll of unemployment will rise after the summer as the Olympic effect wears off and thousands of temporary jobs come to an end.

Students due to get their A Level results will enter a bleak jobs market. The rising cost of further education has priced many thousands of young people out of their dream of going to university or further education.

The union is urging the government to ditch its failed austerity policies and promote growth through investment in jobs and services, with targeted help for young people.

Dave Prentis, UNISON general secretary, said:

“This small fall is welcome, but there will be no Olympics’ legacy in the jobs market. The end of thousands of temporary jobs will see unemployment climbing after the summer. Students waiting for A Level results this week face a bleak jobs future. They are set to join the dole queues in high numbers as the hike in tuition fees has priced many thousands of young people out of their dream of going to university or into further education.

“The Tories need to inspire a generation by rebuilding our economy and safeguarding the future. This must include targeted help for young people, as a part of a wider programme of government-led job creation. The continued austerity agenda is condemning our economy to the slow lane.”

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