Youth unemployment over 70,000 under the coalition

Since the coalition took office long term youth unemployment has risen to over 70,000, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

Since the coalition took office long term youth unemployment has risen to over 70,000, according to figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

There are currently 73,585 young people across Britain stuck in long-term unemployment, a problem exacerbated by the decision by the coalition to scrap Labour’s Future Jobs Fund, which created over 105,000 jobs before it was scrapped in 2011.

The chart below shows the number of Future Jobs Starts per region under the last government and current levels of youth unemployment.

  Future Jobs Fund starts 18-24 year olds currently claiming JSA for over 12 months
North East 5,700 6,725
North West 20,120 9,655
Yorkshire and The Humber 9,870 9,745
East Midlands 5,820 5,625
West Midlands 12,040 9,025
East 4,480 5,030
London 12,420 6,995
South East 5,900 5,300
South West 5,310 4,020
Wales 9,640 4,530
Scotland 10,250 6,935
Unknown 3,700 n/a
Total 105,250 73,585

 

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