Over 17,000 people out of work in city

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SHEFFIELD has 17,300 people out of work and only 2,342 job vacancies, according to figures released today.

In Barnsley 6,808 people are vying for 1,749 available jobs, and in Doncaster 9,889 jobless are competing for 1,686 vacancies.

Yorkshire and the Humber TUC regional secretary Bill Adams said: “No amount of spin can put a gloss on these terrible figures.

“Worryingly, the latest rise in job losses looks less like a bad blip and more like a trend of entrenched high unemployment, with new records being set each month for the number of women and young people out of work.

“There are now 12 public sector workers losing their jobs for every new post which is created in the private sector,” he added.

The figures released by the Office for National Statistics show an increase in unemployment countrywide of 128,000 on the quarter. There are now 2.64 million people out of work in the UK - 253,000 of them from Yorkshire and the Humber.

NHS dental service provider Genix Healthcare last night announced plans to recruit almost 50 apprentices in Yorkshire and the Humber in the next 18 months, some of them in Sheffield, Mexborough and Doncaster.