More long-term jobless youths

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JOBLESS figures may have fallen in the last quarter - but a South Yorkshire MP has highlighted that the number of youngsters on the dole for more than a year has increased 199 per cent in the last 12 months.

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, revealed that, while in April 2011 there were 805 people aged 18 to 24 who had been on jobseekers’ allowance for more than a year, the figure rose to 2,410 last month.

Overall unemployment across the UK fell by 45,000 to 2.6 million in the three months to March this year.

Mr Dugher said: “Youth unemployment in South Yorkshire keeps on rising. There are many things that ministers could do to help, such as a tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund youth jobs and a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers.”