Rise in jobseekers shows cuts are hurting Doncaster

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THE number of people chasing each job in parts of Doncaster has risen by nearly 50 per cent in less than a year.

Figures show that 3.8 people were competing for every job in Doncaster Central constituency, which includes Armthorpe, Balby and the town centre, last month, compared with 2.6 per position in June 2010.

The figure compares with a rise from 12.5 people per job to 13.3 in Doncaster North. But the Don Valley constituency saw a fall from 9.2 jobseekers per job to 6.5.

The figures were obtained by Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, who said they showed Government cuts were hurting rather than helping Doncaster families.

She said: “These figures show the very real challenge of unemployment facing families in Doncaster today. My constituents have seen little evidence that Chancellor George Osborne’s savage approach is working. The Government’s policies to cut the deficit too far, too fast have led to slower growth and higher inflation.

“Above a ll, these figures show that the Government’s policies are hurting rather than helping the people of Doncaster.”

She said the rise in the number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants per vacancy risked a vicious circle where more people out of work and on the dole made it harder to get the deficit down.

UK unemployment fell 88,000 in the three months to April to 2.43 million, the biggest drop since the summer of 2000, according to the Office for National Statistics. April figures showed 3,904 people claiming JSA in Doncaster Central.

A Department for Work and Pensions spokesperson said: “We are focused on restoring the economy and supporting private sector jobs growth. The most recent figures show that there has been a 520,000 rise in private sector employment on the year, only partly offset by a 143,000 fall in the public sector. Furthermore the number of people claiming out of work benefits has fallen over the last year.”