Huge increase in long-term youth unemployment in Southampton

John has provided new figures which outline a significant increase in the number of 18-24 year olds out of work for over six months in Southampton.

The stats:

Jobseekers Allowance claimants aged 18-24, claiming for over 6 months*
Jan 2011 January 2012 Change Jan ‘11 – Jan ‘12 % change Jan ‘11 – Jan ‘12
Southampton, Itchen

60

205

+145

242

Southampton, Test

60

175

+115

192

Romsey and Southampton North

20

90

+70

305

*not seasonally adjusted, data rounded to nearest 5

 Responding to the figures on long-term youth unemployment, Mr Denham (Labour MP for Southampton Itchen) said:

No area is left unaffected by the blight of long-term youth unemployment.  For Southampton these are very worrying figures indeed and they are yet more proof that we need action from the Government.  It’s clear to me the Tories and Liberal Democrats should never have scrapped Labour’s Future Jobs Fund. Southampton deserves a clear and urgent plan to get more young people back into work.”

Dr Alan Whitehead (Labour MP for Southampton Test) said:

“I’ve said for over a year now we need a stronger local plan to tackle youth unemployment in Southampton.  In that time we’ve seen the local situation get worse and worse, but no change of course either from the Government or the Tory Council here.  If we don’t tackle this problem now we’ll be paying for the consequences of another lost generation for years to come.”

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s unemployment figures, said:

“This Government is creating a jobless generation, with more young people out of work than ever before.

“Today’s figures make for grim reading for the millions of squeezed families desperate for good news on the economy. With unemployment at its highest rate since 1995 and long term youth unemployment doubling in the last year, ministers must now get a grip.

“The Government has been raising taxes and cutting spending too far and too fast and the results are now clear for all to see – they are failing on jobs and failing on the economy and the cost of that failure is an eye watering £158 billion of extra borrowing and over a million young people on the dole.

“It is painfully clear that the Government’s welfare to work programmes are not doing the job and the time for dithering is over – complacent ministers must act now before a generation is left scarred by their failure. They should adopt Labour’s five point plan for jobs immediately, including a tax on bankers’ bonuses to fund 100,000 much needed jobs for our young people.”

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