Young people in the North East desperately need action on jobs as long term youth unemployment continues to rise


Phil WilsonStatistics published today show that young people across the North East continue to face an uphill struggle in the jobs market. 

The latest figures show that the region has over 7,000 more 18-24 year olds claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more than six months when compared with March 2011. 

The region has also seen the largest percentage rise of young people unemployed for more than a year in the UK. 

Newcastle North, Blaydon, Blyth Valley and Sedgefield constituencies have seen particularly high percentage increases in the number of 18-24 year olds claiming JSA for more than 12 months. 

Commenting on today’s unemployment statistics, Phil Wilson, Labour’s MP for Sedgefield said:

“Young people in the North East are tired of excuses; they need action on jobs, now. 

“The number of young people out of work for over 12 months in my constituency is up by over 2000% in the last year, yet complacent ministers refuse to take the decisive action they need to get young people off benefits and into work. They are in danger of abandoning a generation of our young people to a life outside the world of work.

“Here in the North East, over 4000 young people would be helped into work if this government brought in Labour’s Real Jobs Guarantee. Ministers should stop tinkering around the edges and bring in Labour’s plan, which would use a tax on bankers bonuses to get 110,000 young people across the country into work, into real jobs they would be required to take.

Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary Liam Byrne said:

“We've had two years of excuses and now we've got the evidence – this Government has utterly failed to tackle Britain’s jobs emergency, and we are limping along in crisis. 

“The number of people signing on is going up, we still have more than a million young people out of work, more women unemployed than since 1987 and a benefits bill that is spiralling by the day 

“Last month’s budget should have taken big and bold action to get Britain back to work. Instead we got a hand-out for millionaires, and a slap down for anyone on tax credits. 

"By recklessly raising taxes and cutting spending too far and too fast, this Government choked off the recovery; pushing up borrowing by £150 billion"