Sharp rise in number of unemployed young people

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UNEMPLOYMENT has risen according to the latest figures – with numbers of young people out of work more than doubling in some areas.

Nationally, unemployment rose by 0.1 per cent in the three months to January 2012, with a further 28,000 people losing their jobs bringing the total to 2.67 million. According to the Office of National Statistics figures, unemployment in Yorkshire and the Humber is now 261,000, an increase of 9,000 on the previous three months.

In Penistone and Stocksbridge MP Angela Smith’s constituency, the number of young people aged 16 to 24 unemployed has risen from 80 to 185 in 12 months.

She said: “Out of touch ministers need to wake up to the jobs crisis they’re responsible for and take urgent action now.

“At the budget next week the Chancellor should adopt Labour’s five point plan including a tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund 100,000 youth jobs and a tax break for small firms taking on extra workers to help get Britain back to work.”

In Rotherham, 659 more people are now unemployed, putting the current unemployment rate amongst the economically active population aged 16-64 at 10.7 per cent, way above the national average of 8.4 per cent.

Michael Dugher, Labour MP for Barnsley East, said youth unemployment is now at ‘crisis levels’, with total youth unemployment in Barnsley having risen 15 per cent over the last 12 months.