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.”