Long-term youth unemployment in England has increased by 23 per cent in the last two years.
According to the Trades Union Congress (TUC), the number of people aged between 16 and 24 without a job for an extended period of time in the second quarter of 2012 was 396,661.
This compares negatively with the figure for the corresponding three-month period in 2010, when it stood at 323,692 – and this represents an increase of 72,969.
It points to the continued uncertainty in the job market at present, as youngsters are struggling to find work.
TUC General Secretary Brendan Barber said: "Long-term youth unemployment is a ticking time bomb under the nation's finances, with severe consequences not just for young people but also for their communities and the country's wider economic prospects."
The north-west is the worst-hit region, with the joblessness rate for this age group rising by 53 per cent, followed by the east (40 per cent) and Yorkshire and the Humber (29 per cent).
In eight of the nine English regions – with London being the exception – unemployment has gone up.