Leigh MP demands action on youth unemployment

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LEIGH MP Andy Burnham has demanded action to tackle youth unemployment in the area and said young people were paying the price for Government economic failures.

Figures released this week by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of people out of work had fallen by 7,000 in the three months up to July to 2.59 million, while there was a sharp drop in the number of Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) claimants in August from the previous month.

However, Shadow Secretary of State for Health Mr Burnham said the figures masked the long-term rise in youth unemployment in Leigh, and called for more radical action to get 16 to 24-year-olds working again.

Mr Burnham said: “This week’s unemployment figures offer no let up for young people in Leigh who are still paying the price for this Government’s economic failure.

“Long-term local youth unemployment is up 158% in the last year, but ministers still refuse to take decisive action.

“This Government has got to wake up to this crisis, they must take action now and they should start with Labour’s Real Jobs Guarantee and get our young people back to work.

“The blunt truth is that Britain needs a change of course fast. We are now in the longest double-dip recession since the Second World War. The Government’s failing economic plan has pushed borrowing up by a quarter so far this year.”