Today’s national unemployment figures are masking an increasing crisis in
Sheffield and our region.
There is no let up for young people in
who are increasingly shut out of the job market because of this Government’s
Long term youth unemployment in
has increased by 149% - from 490 to 1220 - in the last year. Each of those is a
tragedy, and the government’s lamentable failure to act leaves them with little
And, there were just 3,652 vacancies for the 18,023 people looking for a job in the city.
There is now a real danger that
Long-term unemployment has risen yet again. The number of young people out of work and claiming benefits for more than a year went up yet again, and three-quarters of
has higher unemployment than at the election.
More than a third of people out of work have been jobless for more than a year in the clearest sign yet that the Work programme is not doing the job.
The national increase in people in jobs has come from an increase in those in part-time jobs or on temporary contracts.