Youth Unemployment Soars in Yorkshire & Humber


Latest unemployment statistics show that young people in Yorkshire and the Humber are among some of the hardest hit in the country, as jobless figures continue to soar.


As the government's economic strategy flounders and the recovery is choked off, it is 18-24 year olds feeling the pain most. Last month youth unemployment in Britain went over 1 million and it's continued to increase.


But perhaps most worrying is the astronomical increase in the number of 18-24 year olds claiming job seekers allowance for six months or longer. Between January and November this year constituencies in Yorkshire saw huge increases. In Pudsey, for example, there has been a rise of 183%, and in Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford the figure is 223%. The average across all Britain's constituencies is 91%.


Other large increases include:


Wakefield - up 213%

Bradford West - up 158%

Keighley - up 127%

Leeds North East - up 123%

Shipley - 114%

Batley & Spen - 112%

Huddersfield - up 111%


Labour MP for Wakefield Mary Creagh said:


"David Cameron is failing thousands of young people in Wakefield and across our region. He is completely out of touch with the impact his damaging strategy of cutting too far and too fast is having on the lives of people's lives.


"We have to act now to create jobs and avoid a lost generation of young people. My constituency saw the huge damage caused by soaring unemployment in the 1980s and no one wants to see that repeated.


"The government should adopt Labour's five point plan for jobs and growth now to stem the tide before its too late."


And with unemployment up by another 9,000 across Yorkshire in the last quarter, now standing at 253,000, Liam Bryne MP, Labour's Shadow Work and Pension Secretary, said:


"It’s another month, and it’s yet another grim record high in unemployment with no end in sight. The Government has well and truly clobbered the recovery and now more families face Christmas without a job than at any time since the early 1990s.


"As every month passes, it is getting clearer and clearer that the Government’s welfare to work programmes are simply failing. The lowest amount of people are coming off benefits and into work that at any time since 1998.


"The result is now a soaring welfare bill that is creating an almighty hangover for Britain to deal with. The Government is now set to borrow £158 billion more than planned – more than £6,500 for every household in the country. This isn’t borrowing to support the economy through difficult times, but a huge new bill for failure."

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