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Governments urged to help jobseekers in downturn

16th September 2009

World governments must concentrate on helping jobseekers over the coming months, according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

The plea from the OECD secretary-general Angel Gurria comes as many economies, including the UK, are showing signs of recovery.

He explained: 'Employment is the bottom line of the current crisis.

'It is essential that governments focus on helping jobseekers in the months to come.'

The OECD Employment Outlook 2009 report claims that unemployment has reached a post-war record high at 8.5 per cent in the OECD area.

The report singles out young people as having been the hardest hit by the crisis and therefore in need of particular support in order to avoid becoming a 'lost generation' facing long-term unemployment.

The UK's unemployment level was 2.47 million in the three months to July, according to official figures released today, with the unemployment rate 2.3 per cent higher than last year.

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