Chart of the day: graduate unemployment

Unemployment among recent graduates now stands at 18.9 per cent.

New data from the ONS shows just how poorly recent graduates have fared since the recession began. Joblessness among those who graduated 0-2 years ago now stands at 18.9 per cent, compared with a general unemployment rate of 8.4 per cent. However, this is still lower than the peak of 26.9 per cent seen following the recession of the early 1990s.


Graphic by Henrik Pettersson

Unemployment among less recent graduates is significantly lower. For those who graduated 2-4 years ago, the rate stood at 6.7 per cent in the final quarter of 2011, while for those who graduated 4-6 years ago, the rate stood at 4.4 per cent.

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.

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The NS is looking for a new recruit.

The New Statesman is hiring an editorial assistant, who will work across the website and magazine to help the office run smoothly. The ideal candidate will have excellent language skills, a passion for journalism, and the ability to work quickly and confidently under pressure.

The job is a broad one – you will need to understand the requirements of both halves of the magazine (politics and culture) as well as having an interest in the technical requirements of magazine and website production. Experience with podcasts and social media would be helpful.

The right person will have omnivorous reading habits and the ability to assimilate new topics at speed. You will be expected to help out with administration tasks around the office, so you must be willing to take direction and get involved with unglamorous tasks. There will be opportunities to write, but this will not form the main part of the job. (Our current editorial assistant is now moving on to a writing post.)

This is a full-time paid job, which would suit a recent graduate or someone who is looking for an entry into journalism. On the job training and help with career development will be offered.

Please apply with an email to Stephen Bush (Stephen. Bush @ with the subject line ‘Editorial Assistant application’.  

In your covering letter, please include a 300-word analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the New Statesman. Please also include 500 words on what you consider to be the most interesting trend in British politics, and your CV as a Word document. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Monday 12th October.