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Barnsley Named As Top Ten Worst Place For Youth Unemployment

Tuesday August 21 2012


MP John Healey MP John Healey


BARNSLEY has topped the chart for being the place with the fastest growing youth unemployment rate in the UK.

A study shows that Barnsley ranks in the top 10 places with the fastest-growing youth unemployment rate, analysis by education specialist Ambitious Minds has shown.

Yorkshire and the Humber have been hit by youth claimant count rises that are twice as large as London and the South East. And in Barnsley, the number of young people claiming Job Seekers Allowance has rocketed.

Sean McGuire, chief executive of Ambitious Minds, said: “Those areas which have suffered disproportionately in the last five years need support to prevent unemployment, and especially long-term unemployment, becoming normalised.

“As the economy stagnates, young people and the organisations which support them must understand and grapple with the employment issues that are facing them.”

Barnsley MP John Healey says the new employment statistics for under 24s had rocketed.

He added: "Long term youth unemployment here in Wentworth and Dearne is up 246 per cent in the last year, but ministers are still clinging to the failing policies that have driven our economy back into recession.“

In Barnsley Central the number of people aged 18 - 24 claiming JSA has rocketed from 45 in 2011 to 170 in June 2012. In Barnsley East the number has risen from 65 to 190 and in Wentworth and the Dearne it has gone from 65 to 225.

In Barnsley Central there are around five claimants for every vacancy, while in Barnsley East it is over 13 applicants and in the Dearne it is 11.

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Reply Posted by Wendy on Tuesday August 21 2012 at 11:35
awwwwwwwww good old Barnsley - gotta to top the league tables at something - flipping heck !!!!!

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday August 21 2012 at 15:40
We came joint 9th.

Reply Posted by Tom on Tuesday August 21 2012 at 15:40
Link to report; http://www.ambitiousminds.co.uk/plugging-the-igeneration-into-the-jobs-market/

Reply Posted by FunkyJJ on Saturday August 25 2012 at 18:33
I had the same problem when i finished uni 3 years ago. Nothing for youth, even with a 2.1 degree i couldn't get a job at Asda over 16/17 year olds. I had to afford to live, no parents and everything to pay for, yet kids living at home were getting jobs instead, it was a killer. Even when i got a part time bar job, the JSA system is so complicated that they wernt exactly sure how to deal with some one who has a part time job trying to get out of un-employment. In the end me and my partner just went self employed, best thing we ever did. So my advise to anyone finishing uni, is find what your good at, and just go out and make your own job, no point relying on greedy companies and governments to try and help us in this day and age. But also remember these stats will have rocketed due to the time of year with all the students finishing and not even had chance to properly look and find a job yet, so they dive onto job seekers just incase they cant get one :)

Reply Posted by Szabo on Saturday August 25 2012 at 20:18
yeah... ive applied for loads of jobs and herd nothing back at all... so ive started writing my business plan and building prototypes, going to start building snare drums.... www.facebook.com/oldbarrelsnares