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School leavers are set to face a postcode lottery in finding jobs, as youth unemployment soars in parts of the UK, a study suggests.

It argues that there is now a north-south divide, with youngsters in the north east and Scotland facing the worst prospects. London and the south east remain relatively unaffected by youth unemployment, according to a study by education specialists Ambitious Minds.

The study warns that teenagers who are picking up their GCSE results this week have seen the most dramatic changes to their prospects and expectations than any other secondary school year group for 70 years.

When they began their education, and when they started secondary school, unemployment rates were low. But the last five years have brought ‘economic deterioration, systemic failures, false dawns and empty promises,’ it says.