Fewer jobless, but Sheffield suffers

File photo dated 15/07/09 of a Job Centre Plus as up to 66 unemployed people are chasing every retail job, with vacancies often closed to young candidates within hours of being advertised, according to new research. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 17, 2012. A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) also found that two thirds of those applying for jobs did not receive any responses. A separate report by the TUC found that young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16 to 24-year-olds currently out of work. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
File photo dated 15/07/09 of a Job Centre Plus as up to 66 unemployed people are chasing every retail job, with vacancies often closed to young candidates within hours of being advertised, according to new research. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 17, 2012. A study by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) also found that two thirds of those applying for jobs did not receive any responses. A separate report by the TUC found that young black men have experienced the sharpest rise in unemployment since the coalition came to power, with more than one in four of all black 16 to 24-year-olds currently out of work. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Danny Lawson/PA Wire
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SOUTH Yorkshire’s jobless toll has fallen according to the latest Government figures.

But the area’s Labour MPs are concerned the total is still higher than last year and that high numbers of young people remain without a job.

Unemployment fell by 50,000 nationally, to 2.53 million in the three months to August, and by 9,000 in Yorkshire.

But figures for individual constituencies for September show there are up to 24 people chasing each job vacancy.

In Sheffield Heeley, there were 3,552 people out of work and just 147 jobs available, while in Clive Betts’ Sheffield South East constituency, 2,804 jobless people were chasing 431 vacancies.

Mr Betts said: “Overall, there were just 3,652 vacancies for the 18,023 people looking for a job in the city last month.

“National unemployment figures are masking an increasing crisis in Sheffield and our region because of this Government’s economic failure.”

In neighbouring Wentworth and Dearne, MP John Healey highlighted how 270 young people aged 16 to 24 were out of work last month, compared with 85 in September 2011.

He said: “Youth unemployment remain problems.”

But employment minister Mark Hoban said: “Despite the tough times, the private sector continues to create jobs and our welfare reforms are encouraging people to return to work.”