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Dugher Calls For Urgent Action

Friday June 21 2013

MP Michael Dugher MP Michael Dugher

MP Michael Dugher has called for urgent action from ministers as long-term unemployment continues to rise.

Official figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show that long-term unemployment in Michael's Barnsley East constituency rose in May and has risen by 15 per cent in the last year.

Added to this, the number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance and youth unemployment remains static.

Commenting, Michael said: "The government’s economic policies have failed, the economy is flatlining and long-term unemployment is a real worry for people in Barnsley East.

"It has now risen by 15 per cent over the last year. The number of people claiming JSA and youth unemployment also remains stubbornly high.

"In 2012, youth unemployment alone cost Britain £5billion. Ministers are useless; they have to take action to get people back to work and get the welfare bill down. They're failing those out of work and the country too.”

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