The out-of-work numbers up again

A woman looking into the window of a job centre.
A woman looking into the window of a job centre.

UNEMPLOYMENT has gone up by nearly 1,000 in Doncaster in two months, according to latest figures.

Statistics released by the Government for the borough reveal the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance had gone up to 11,015 in February.

It compares with the January figure of 10,658 - 357 fewer. The current figure is 959 more than December 2012, when there 10,056 looking for work.

The highest figure is in Rosie Winterton’s Doncaster Central parliamentary constituency, which has 4,432, up from 4,272 last month and 4,041 in December 2012.

Doncaster North, seat of Ed Miliband, was up to 3,705, compared to 3,589 in January and 3,390 in December.

The Don Valley parliamentary constituency saw the lowest rise. Claimant numbers there were up to 2,878, a rise from 2,797 in January and 2,625 in December.

Doncaster Labour spokeswoman Coun Ros Jones said: “There are now almost 1,000 more people claiming out-of-work benefits in Doncaster than three months ago.

“The number of young people on the dole has risen to its highest level since last summer, yet this week’s budget failed to address the problem at all.”

Nationally, the jobless total jumped by 7,000 to 2.52 million, ending a run of reductions.

Unions said the country was still suffering ‘mass unemployment’, while business leaders voiced concern that youth unemployment was edging towards a million.

Employment Minister Mark Hoban said the private sector was taking on more staff.

He said: “It’s a credit to businesses that the private sector is employing one-and-a-quarter million more people than when this Government took office, helping us compete in the global race. There are still tough challenges ahead, which is why we’re working hard to give jobseekers all the help and support they need to realise their aspiration of finding a job.”