WELSH Secretary David Jones was today due to host an event promoting youth employment in small and medium sized businesses.
The event at the Lysaght Institute in Newport is the first Jobs Summit for Wales and comes as the UK Government looks to emphasise the importance of an all-Wales partnership approach to tackling youth unemployment.
The number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance across Wales dropped from 79,200 in November to 78,900 in December.
There were a total of 124,000 unemployed people in Wales from September to November last year.
The Welsh Secretary will welcome First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones to the event today.
Speaking ahead of the summit, Mr Jones said: "The Government is acutely aware of the problems some young people are continuing to experience when looking for their first job, and is being realistic about the scale of the challenge."
Martin Brown, work services director for Jobcentre Plus in Wales, said: "The biggest issue for many young people in Wales is a lack of practical on-the-job experience, which counts for a lot when trying to impress a potential employer."