Town ‘worst in region’ for young on dole

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BARNSLEY has the highest proportion of young people on the dole than anywhere else in the region, according to new figures.

The statistics from the GMB union show that as of last month there were 2,270 unemployed people aged 18 to 24 claiming jobseeker’s allowance in Barnsley - almost 35 per cent of the town’s total number of claimants.

Rotherham had 2,295 young people claiming jobseeker’s allowance, just over 31 per cent of claimants in the town, while there were 4,520 in Sheffield, 30 per cent of its claimants. Doncaster’s dole queues featured 2,570 people aged 18 to 24, 30.5 per cent of the total claimants.

Tim Roache, GMB regional secretary for Yorkshire, said: “In Yorkshire and the Humber there are nearly 42,000 young workers claiming jobseeker’s allowance - when you add to that number the rest of the young people not in jobs but seeking work the real number is more than double that figure. Young workers are the real economic victims of this banker’s recession.”