Long term unemployed in Doncaster ‘almost doubled’ - MP

MP Ed Miliband

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The number of long term unemployed people in Doncaster has almost doubled in two years, new figures have revealed.

The office of Labour leader and Doncaster North MP Ed Miliband said 2930 people claimed Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) for 12 months or more in August 2013, compared with 1495 in August 2011.

In addition, the number of young people aged 18 to 24 claiming long-term JSA in August this year was 585, compared with 205 two years ago.

But the figures also showed the total number of JSA claimants last month at 9344 were the lowest since December 2010 when the figure was 8424.

Mr Miliband quizzed Prime Minister David Cameron in the House of Commons over the figures last Wednesday.

He said; “Across the country there is a record high in the number of part-time workers looking for full-time jobs – proof there is simply not enough work to go round.

“Nationally, real wages fell yet again by £12 a week, unemployment went up in many areas, the youth jobless rate rose by 9,400 and long-term unemployment rose yet again.

“Britain’s cost of living crisis is not improving, it’s intensifying – and people here in Doncaster are feeling that particularly harshly.”