Long-term youth unemployment "rockets by 384 per cent"

SHOCKING new figures reveal long-term youth unemployment has rocketed by 384 per cent in the North-East since the start of the recession - prompting claims that young people are losing confidence, skills and hope.

The number of under-24s seeking Jobseekers’ Allowance for at least six months stands at 13,870 - an increase of more than 11,000 since 2008, according to a study by The Prince’s Trust.

In North Yorkshire, the rise in long-term youth unemployment is even steeper at 434 per cent - with claimants increasing from 175 to 935 in four years.

The figures were released ahead of new unemployment figures due out on Wednesday.

Jonathan Townsend, regional director for The Prince’s Trust in the North of England, said: “Thousands of young people in the North-East are struggling to find work, and increasingly, many are becoming trapped in a cycle of long-term joblessness.

“They are losing confidence and skills - and, sadly, many are losing hope.” The Prince’s Trust will hold its first live-streamed youth forum event on Wednesday to help unemployed young people.

The event is supported by celebrities and Prince’s Trust ambassadors, Alesha Dixon, Mark Ronson and Brooke Kinsella.

Speaking ahead of the event, Mr Townsend praised the Foundation for Jobs campaign, a joint initiative to tackle youth unemployment involving Darlington Borough Council, The Northern Echo and the Darlington Partnership.

He said: “The success of the Foundation for Jobs campaign will provide a much-needed boost to young people across the North East who are struggling to find work.”

The study revealed County Durham - up 606 per cent - and Darlington - an increase of 567 per cent - had seen among the highest rises in long-term youth unemployment.

However, rural areas of North Yorkshire such as Richmondshire and Ryedale - often perceived to be wealthy - had not escaped the pain.

Last night, union leaders warned the issue of youth joblessness was leaving “deep and permanent scars on the aspiration and life chances of young people”.

Kevin Rowan, regional secretary of the Northern TUC, which this week produced its own report on the problem ahead of a march in London on Saturday against the coalition’s austerity measures, said: “Long-term youth unemployment should be something that is exercising this government and generating action to enable young people to have a decent start in work and in life.

“Instead, this callous government is removing vital employment support, even further removing the chances of young people moving into work. “ But a Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) rejected claims that long-term youth unemployment had increased dramatically.

A spokesman said: “Previously youth unemployment was hidden by transferring people off Jobseekers’ Allowance temporarily.

“That no longer happens so the figures now give a more accurate picture and there are fewer young people on Jobseekers’ Allowance or other temporary support than in May 2010.”

However, the DWP admitted youth unemployment was still a big challenge.

"Over the next three years the Youth Contract will offer nearly 500,000 opportunities for young people through work experience, apprenticeships and wage subsidies to help them find work,” the spokesman added.

* The Prince’s Trust Youth Forum, supported by HSBC, can be viewed at facebook.com/princestrust at 2pm on Wednesday (OCT17).

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7:23am Tue 16 Oct 12

kenyanjobs says...

Its unbilevable that the figures have rocketed that much. I thought the president had brought down the rate... www.Kenyajobtube.blo
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Its unbilevable that the figures have rocketed that much. I thought the president had brought down the rate... www.Kenyajobtube.blo gspot.com kenyanjobs

12:30pm Tue 16 Oct 12

simmo70 says...

Totally typical of this government,the rich get richer the poor get poorer
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Totally typical of this government,the rich get richer the poor get poorer www.brokenbritainund ertories.com simmo70

12:31pm Tue 16 Oct 12

simmo70 says...

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2:51pm Tue 16 Oct 12

Charlie45 says...

Some young people are totally unemployable ! I have two kids 21 and 24 who have never found a problem getting work as have a lot of their friends, they work hard are polite and turn up on time. You only have to look around the town to see why some youngsters find it difficult ! This percentage increase surely has something to do with bad education and not necessarily from schools !!
Some young people are totally unemployable ! I have two kids 21 and 24 who have never found a problem getting work as have a lot of their friends, they work hard are polite and turn up on time. You only have to look around the town to see why some youngsters find it difficult ! This percentage increase surely has something to do with bad education and not necessarily from schools !! Charlie45

7:29pm Tue 16 Oct 12

simmo70 says...

EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION - familiar - Blairs rhetoric
EDUCATION EDUCATION EDUCATION - familiar - Blairs rhetoric simmo70

9:01pm Tue 16 Oct 12

johnny_p says...

kenyanjobs wrote:
Its unbilevable that the figures have rocketed that much. I thought the president had brought down the rate... www.Kenyajobtube.blo

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Read the article. It says unemployment has "rocketed since the start of the recession." And who was in power then? Yep the "No More Boom and Bust Party"- Labour.
[quote][p][bold]kenyanjobs[/bold] wrote: Its unbilevable that the figures have rocketed that much. I thought the president had brought down the rate... www.Kenyajobtube.blo gspot.com[/p][/quote]Read the article. It says unemployment has "rocketed since the start of the recession." And who was in power then? Yep the "No More Boom and Bust Party"- Labour. johnny_p

9:42am Wed 24 Oct 12

simmo70 says...

THE BIG LIE
Since 1994 UNUM the not fit for purpose global disability insurance company (as cited by an American insurance commissioner, and banned in several states) have been sitting at the closest seats in Government (Labour and Conservative) and was meeting with different political parties to peddle their vision of privatisation of the Welfare and NHS state run departments .Corrupt Blair a year later 1995 having embraced UNUM equally embraced ATOS ,the IT company ,whom having no previous health experience were trained by UNUM how to blanket assess benefit claimants .Blair at the time was not frowned upon for having private meeting with ‘personal advisers’ instead of cabinet meetings .What happened to our MP representatives to curtail this practice? Blair to cover his back repealed the treason act .
The same UNUM is running the new pension scheme NEST which will move with you from employer to employer .WE HAVE BEEN SOLD DOWN THE RIVER BY BOTH GREEDY AND INCOMPETENT POLITICIANS.WWW.BROK
ENBRITAINUNDERTORIES
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THE BIG LIE Since 1994 UNUM the not fit for purpose global disability insurance company (as cited by an American insurance commissioner, and banned in several states) have been sitting at the closest seats in Government (Labour and Conservative) and was meeting with different political parties to peddle their vision of privatisation of the Welfare and NHS state run departments .Corrupt Blair a year later 1995 having embraced UNUM equally embraced ATOS ,the IT company ,whom having no previous health experience were trained by UNUM how to blanket assess benefit claimants .Blair at the time was not frowned upon for having private meeting with ‘personal advisers’ instead of cabinet meetings .What happened to our MP representatives to curtail this practice? Blair to cover his back repealed the treason act . The same UNUM is running the new pension scheme NEST which will move with you from employer to employer .WE HAVE BEEN SOLD DOWN THE RIVER BY BOTH GREEDY AND INCOMPETENT POLITICIANS.WWW.BROK ENBRITAINUNDERTORIES .COM had all the pieces of the jigsaw from its inception ,now they are being placed together. www.brokenbritainund ertories.com simmo70

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