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Jobless young people 'fall apart'

A third of unemployed young people regularly "fall apart" emotionally, according to new research showing how socially isolated many youngsters feel.

One in eight people aged between 16 and 25 often feel too anxious to leave their house, with twice as many jobless young people likely to feel this way , a study by youth charity the Prince's Trust showed .

Almost half of the 2,200 people polled said they often felt anxious about everyday situations and avoided meeting new people.

Martina Milburn, chief executive of the Prince's Trust, said: "Thousands of young people feel like prisoners in their own homes. Without the right support, these young people become socially isolated - struggling with day-to-day life and slipping further and further from the jobs market."

David Fass, of the Macquarie Group which helped with the research, added: "Young people are our future and it is important that we invest in them and provide them with the tools they need to reach their full potential."

The study showed that 13% of those surveyed often felt too anxious to leave the house, while among young people who have experienced a setback in life, 56% reported not having had help to overcome this.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: "We work more closely with businesses to support young people so they can benefit from our schemes and gain practical work experience - precisely because we know how important it is for them to get the right start.

"Our young people are some of the best and talented in the world who have worked hard to weather the recession better than previous generations, and every day we're matching them with local employers.

"We've seen significant falls in youth unemployment and as part of our long-term economic plan we want to do more, which is why I'd urge any young person who is struggling with their job hunt to get in touch with Jobcentre Plus."

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