New figures released today show that youth unemployment is increasing in the European Union. But don’t despair, it’s not all bad news, the UK is one of the few countries that has seen youth unemployment fall since November 2011. 

The statistics from Eurostat show that 23.7 per cent of people under the age of 25 were unemployed in November 2012 in the 27 countries that make up the EU, a figure that has risen from 22.2 per cent of under 25s in November 2011.

But in the UK, the opposite has been seen, hurray!(ish) Youth unemployment fell from 22 per cent in November 2011 to 20.2 per cent in September 2012 (the most recent figures available).

And while it might not seem all that encouraging as a fifth of young people in the UK are still unemployed, it could be a lot worse. Some countries have seen youth employment rocket, such as Spain where 56.5 per cent of under 25s were unemployed in November 2012, compared to 48.8 per cent 12 months before.

But, if you’re still not feeling too hopeful about your career prospects, here are three reasons not to be glum:

1. UK employers are feeling positive about 2013. A survey carried out by the Recruitment and Employment Confederation showed that 99 per cent of employers planned to increase or maintain their permanent staff in 2013. If the bosses are feeling good about 2013, you should be too.

2. There have been more jobs advertised in the last three months of 2012 than at any other time in the last three years. And, according to recruitment company Reed, the job market is more than 10 per cent stronger than at this time last year. If this isn’t reason to be more optimistic about your job hunt then we don’t know what is.

3. There’s loads of opportunities on GoThinkBig. We’ve currently got opportunities for work placements with Empire, heat and Grazia (to name just a few) and there’s even more coming soon, so keep checking back and keep applying!