Unemployment in Scotland rose by 16,000 in the three months from October to December to reach 231,000, according to official figures.

Scottish jobless rate =8.6% above UK average 8.4%.

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney said it was clear from the figures that “further sustained action” was needed to support Scotland’s economic recovery.

“We are determined to do all we can to create the right conditions for the private sector to create long-term sustainable jobs” David Mundell, Scotland Offices minister said.

A parent’s job loss increases the probability that a child repeats a grade in school by roughly 15%, according to a new paper from two economics professors at the University of California, Davis.

The level of income support for young unemployed people in Scotland and regulations surrounding its provision, clearly state that families are expected to contribute to the support of their offspring if they live at home and they are under 21 years.

It doesn’t matter if you’re from an upper class with good grades or from a lower class with good grades, it will be a struggle to find work for young people.

The job market is tough for everyone. But this recession has become a jobs disaster for 16 to 19 year olds.

Janine Dugdale, Unemployment Officer from JobCentre Plus, told BBC Radio Scotland’s Good Morning Scotland programme: “There is no doubt this is nothing short of a national crisis the number of young people unemployed in Scotland is absolutely shocking and rising up 8,000 in the last three months.”

By Adelle, Becky, Laura and Libby

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