It is crucial that we make a bigger, bolder effort to combat this most toxic issue. The effects of having nearly one million young people without work are felt sorely by individuals and their families, and will ripple through communities, society and the economy today and for years to come.
In a bid to piece together the real face of youth unemployment I took a three-week tour of the country - from Sheffield to Sunderland, Newcastle to Glasgow, Cardiff, small towns in Devon and up to Oxford. I met countless people who make up the figures and the youth workers and employers who are trying to help them. Unlike so many politicians in Westminster these people know what youth unemployment is really like and what needs to change.