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Half of young people say they will need to leave their local area to look for jobs

HALF of young people could leave their local area to look for jobs because they feel there are not enough opportunities where they live, new research suggests.

A Co-op survey of 10 to 25-year-olds found that challenges they expect to face included financial pressures.

Over a third of the 2,000 respondents to the Co-op survey said their lives will be affected by what the government does.

A similar number of those aged 16 to 25 believe rising costs will make it harder for them to get a job, said the Co-op.

The company announced a three-year, work experience programme aimed at reducing the barriers to opportunity for young people, living in some of the most educationally disadvantaged areas.

The Co-op said its study found that children as young as 10 already think they will need to leave the area where they live to achieve what they want in life.

Shirine Khoury-Haq, interim chief executive of the Co-op, said young people were bearing the brunt of yet another national crisis and called for urgent action to tackle inequality.

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