Guest post by Azizonomics.
This is a demographic disaster.
From the Guardian:
Unemployment among Europe‘s young people has soared by 50% since the financial crisis of 2008. It is rising faster than overall jobless rates, and almost half of young people in work across the EU do not have permanent jobs, according to the European commission.
There are 5.5 million 15- to 24-year-olds without a job in the EU, a rate of 22.4%, up from 15% in early 2008. But the overall figures mask huge national and regional disparities. While half of young people in Spain and Greece are out of work, in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands it is only one in 10. In a further six EU countries, youth unemployment is around 30%. Of those in work, 44% are on temporary contracts.
The same phenomenon exists in the United States:
European unemployment figures continue to look nasty. Charts are exploding to the upside, as unemployment hits 15 year highs. The skyrocketing unemployment, and the fact that the fertility rates are insufficient, are two facts the Bazooka and the LTRO can’t take care of.
Europe’s most important charts below.