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One in 10 young Brits ‘have nothing to live for’

As youth unemployment continues to be an issue in Britain, new research has warned of the health impacts of joblessness among young people, with some 40 percent of those surveyed reporting symptoms of mental illness.

A YouGov poll conducted for the Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index found that nine percent of 16 to 25 year olds felt they "have nothing to live for" – with that figure increasing to 21 percent among the long-term unemployed.

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The survey of over 2,100 young people also found that the jobless were particularly prone to experiencing mental illness, with 40 percent reporting symptoms including suicidal thoughts, feelings of self-loathing and panic attacks because of the inability to find a job.

There were 1.07 million 16 to 24 year olds in the U.K. who were not in education, employment or training between July and September 2013, according to the most recent data released in November. This was down 19,000 from April to June.

It comes against a backdrop of an improving economic picture in Britain, which saw its unemployment rate fall faster than expected in the three months to October. The headline rate fell to 7.4 percent – its lowest level in four and a half years – and employment rose by 250,000 to a new record high of 30.086 million.

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Meanwhile, economic growth in the U.K. is expected to beat its pre-recession peak in the second half of next year, according to the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). The business lobby group upgraded its short-term gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecasts for the country, from 1.3 to 1.4 percent for 2013 and from 2.2 to 2.7 percent for 2014.


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