Youth unemployment on the increase in Barnsley

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A SOUTH Yorkshire MP has accused ministers of doing nothing to help the long-term unemployed in Barnsley after new figures showed the number of people aged 18-24 out of work has risen again.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the number of those out of work for more than 12 months has risen by eight per cent in the last month and 214 per cent in the last year.

The figures also show the number of unemployed youths in the town stands at 2,725 - a 16 per cent increase over the last 12 months.

And the total number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance has gone up to 7,783 - a 12 per cent increase.

The figures show the number of people chasing every job in Barnsley has tripled since May 2011, from 4.7 to 13.3.

MP Michael Dugher said: “Long-term youth unemployment in Barnsley keeps on rising month on month yet the Government still refuses to take the necessary action.

“When you’ve been unemployed for more than a year it has a hugely detrimental effect on your future chances of getting a job.”