UNEMPLOYMENT rates in Barnsley have risen for the seventh consecutive month with over 3,000 locals now claiming benefits.

New statistics show that, in the space of five weeks, the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has risen by 291 (9.6 per cent.) It now means that there are 3,032 people claiming benefits whilst looking for work in Barnsley.

Jarvis explained, “Today is devastating news for hundreds of people in Barnsley. It means 7.9 per cent of our workforce who could work and who want to work, simply can’t work because the government have created a climate that is not conducive to jobs and growth.

“Many people were in short-term work over the Christmas period, but now find themselves back on the dole queue. We need targeted investment to attract jobs for the people of Barnsley.”