Families Feeling the Brunt of Increasing Social Inequalities in Europe
Getting people who have been recently made redundant back into work as soon as possible must be a policy priority to avoid the risk of disadvantage becoming entrenched.

Skills mismatch – more than meets the eye
Skill deficits do not cause unemployment; Europe’s most talented workforce is being wasted, argues Cedefop’s latest briefing note. Unemployment in many European Union countries is alarmingly high. Yet, surveys still find that firms have problems filling vacancies. Many argue that this is because young graduates and other workers are ill-prepared and the lack of the right skills is responsible for Europe’s high rates of unemployment. However, there is evidence that factors other than skill deficits are mostly responsible for rising unemployment coexisting with unfilled job vacancies.

An international perspective on the UK – labour market performance
Sets recent movements in UK economic statistics in an international context, this edition will focus on recent labour market statistics. It is part of a new series of quarterly publications each with a different focus, which aim to support the understanding of the UK economy by drawing international comparisons. They use a wide range of data, including information produced by other organisations on an internationally comparable basis.

Youth unemployment in the EU – a scarred generation
Calls on the Government to rethink the way it uses European funding. Recommends Government uses EU money to support the introduction of a Youth Guarantee, rather than putting the funds towards existing domestic measures such as the Youth Contract. The Youth Contract had underperformed and was not popular in the private sector, while the Youth Guarantee had been successful in other European countries. Five regions in the UK were highlighted in the report as having unemployment levels so high that they qualified for additional EU funding.