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Grayling: Give jobs to hoodies

Grayling: Give jobs to hoodies
Chris Grayling has urged companies to give a job to "the surly young man in a hoodie".

As new figures showed unemployment has dropped for the first time in months, the Employment Minister said today that "it's easy to hire someone from Eastern Europe with five years' experience", but firms should take a risk on less obvious local recruits:

In a speech to the think tank Policy Exchange, he said: "Very often the surly young man in a hoodie who turns up looking unwilling to work can turn into an excited and motivated employee."

Mr Grayling also attacked those who "rail with outrage" at the idea of young people doing unpaid work experience.

His comments come as the Government received a welcome boost today with figures released by the Office for National Statistics showing unemployment for the three months to February fell slightly.

The number of those out of work fell by 35,000 to 2.65m, the first time a decrease has been seen since the spring of 2011. The number of young people out of work fell by 9,000, whilst 53,000 more people entered employment during the period.

Mr Grayling welcomed the "encouraging figures", but warned there was still "a long way to go".

He told Sky News: "Of course it’s the case that unemployment in the UK is much too high and we want to see it come down as fast as possible.” Number 10 welcomed the figures, saying that "what the figures show is that the private sector is still creating jobs".

Despite the good news, a leading thinktank has warned that 1m people will have been out of work for a year by the end of 2012.

The IPPR’s prediction of a “hidden crisis” of long-term joblessness comes as the Shadow Employment Minister argued the Government’s “incoherence” meant unemployment would “get a good deal worse” over 2012.

Writing exclusively for PoliticsHome, Stephen Timms claimed the “unemployment crisis wasn’t inevitable”.

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