It is good news that unemployment continues to fall, but this is the right time for the government now to address the high levels of youth unemployment, particularly long-term youth unemployment. It’s good that unemployment is falling from the very high levels that it had reached, but still much more needs to be done, particularly to get young people back to work
Cllr Mick Lerry said: “In the Bridgwater and West Somerset Constituency there has been a fall in unemployment for 18-24 year olds from 535 claimants to 520, and those within this group who have been unemployed over 6 months there has been a fall from 145 to 140. Twenty five year olds unemployed for over one year there has been a fall from 300 to 285 people, however for those in this category who have been unemployed for more than two years, there has been an increase from 105 people to that of 140 still unemployed”.
COMPULSORY JOBS GUARANTEE
More focus is needed to bring unemployment down amongst young people and Labour has argued that there should be a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee for any young person out of work for more than a year, is guaranteed a job that they have to take, and similarly for people over the age of 25 who are out of work for two years, there will be a guaranteed job that they have to take.
With unemployment falling now is the time for the government and Ian Liddell-Grainger MP, to address this very real problem of youth unemployment and long-term unemployment.
Cllr Mick Lerry – Leader of the Labour Group on SDC
Labour Parliamentary Candidate for Bridgwater and West Somerset