Government fails again to help young unemployed people

Steve McCabe MP has expressed further dismay at the flailing economy as youth unemployment increased by 11,000, official statistics reveal.


Statistics released today by the Office for National Statistics revealed UK unemployment fell in the three months to December by 0.1% from 7.9% down to 7.8%. However there was an increase in unemployment across the country on a month-on-month basis, which pushed the unemployment rate to 7.8% in January 2013. Far more worrying was the news that youth unemployment increased by 11,000, the highest rise for a year and in the West Midlands unemployment is up by a further 3000 to 230,000 and the Job Seeker’s Allowance claimant count is up by almost 6,000.


The ONS also reports that between October to December 2012, full time employment was 378,000 lower than in the April – June quarter in 2008, the first quarter of the recession. Part-time employment is now 572,000 higher compared to that same period.


Steve McCabe said:

“I am pleased to see that the headline rate of unemployment has come down but this does not show the complexity of the current labour market and the picture in our region is particularly worrying.


“More people are having to take part-time work as a last resort and everyone’s wages are being squeezed. This is bad news for growth.


“What I am most concerned about it the rise in youth unemployment, I met with students from Kings Heath Boys School recently and they had genuine fears about their future prospects and told me they were concerned not enough is being done to create jobs and growth and tackle youth unemployment.


“We need growth in the economy and less arrogance from the Prime Minister and the Chancellor. This is about real people’s lives.”

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