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Generation Covid on brink of a jobs abyss as furloughs end and prospects of work evaporate

Fears for the future of 16 to 24-year-olds after unemployment rate among our young doubles

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Shoppers in Belfast city centre.

Shoppers in Belfast city centre.

Shoppers in Belfast city centre.

Young people are at risk of a "once in a generation" job crisis as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it's been claimed.

The jobless rate for 16 to 24-year-olds here doubled to 11.8% between March and August, according to a government update yesterday.

But Ulster Bank chief economist Richard Ramsey said the rate could go as high as 25% in the downturn triggered by the pandemic and lockdown.