Graduates unemployment doubles in five years

28 June 2012 | last updated: 11 December 2015

The number of graduates assumed to be unemployed six months after graduation has doubled in the past five years, according to statistics released today.

The figures, from the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), also reveal that the number of graduates in 'elementary occupations' has doubled over the same period.
Commenting on the figures, the general secretary of UCU, Sally Hunt, said:'Today's figures are further bad news for students. People working hard at university face an incredibly challenging jobs market when they graduate and the government should be doing more to stimulate jobs and growth.
'We already have huge numbers of people on the dole and while the prime minister attacks people on benefits he is doing little to help them get off benefits and on with their lives.'
Figures released by the government today also reveal that the proportion of young people not in education, employment or training has risen.