Labour's Shadow Cabinet Office Minister, John Trickett MP, visited York today to meet jobseekers as the latest unemployment figures were announced.
Unemployment in Yorkshire is now at over ten percent, having increased at a quicker rate here than in any other region in the country.
Mr Trickett, joined by City of York Council leader James Alexander, met with service users at "Future Prospects" - a not-for-profit organisation providing job skills training and careers advice.
Many of the people he met, all of whom are actively looking for work, never imagined they would find themselves in the position of being long-term unemployed.
But as the economy continues to flat line and jobless figures soar, the task of finding a job is coming increasingly difficult.
Mr Trickett told local journalists that Labour's 5 Point Plan would help to start getting the economy going again, making it clear that while the Tory and Lib Dem government ministers are sitting on their hands doing nothing and lamely blaming the Eurozone, a Labour government would be acting to try and make a postive difference.