Figures released today by the government show a jump in the number of young people in the region classed as not in education, employment or training. In the North East region, 69000 young people, between the ages of 16 and 24 year old, fall into the NEETs category - an increase of 11,000 when compared to the same quarter in 2010.

Sharon Hodgson, Labour's Shadow Education Minister and MP for Washington and Sunderland West said:

“The Tory-led Government is failing the next generation. Since the General Election there has been an increase of 19 per cent 16-24 year olds in the North East region that are classified as not in education, employment or training.

“By scrapping EMA and the Future Jobs Fund, and getting rid of face-to-face careers guidance, the Government is taking away support for young people to stay in education and find work at a time when they most need it.”

Catherine McKinnell, Labour's Shadow Treasury Minister and MP for Newcastle North said:

"Young people in this region are paying a high price because of a double-dip recession made in Downing Street. The government's failure to come up with a credible growth plan for this region is leaving a great many of our young people in a desperate situation and cut off from the world of work. The North East has the highest percentage of our young people not in work, training or education. The government should support our proposal to tax bank bonuses to fund real jobs for our unemployed young people."

NEET stats can be viewed here: