Action needed to prevent another lost generation in region, Labour MPs say

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Yorkshire is being hit harder by the economic downturn than some other parts of the country, particularly the South East and London, according to a new bulletin put together by the Labour Party.

The region’s Labour MPs have published their first quarterly Jobs and Opportunities Bulletin, which the party says has seen it analyse a range of official facts and figures from various Government departments.

It shows how a quarter of a million people are unemployed in the region, the third worst regional unemployment rate in the country. There are particular concerns about the 100,000 young people in Yorkshire without employment.

Labour wants to see a compulsory jobs guarantee scheme introduced for the long-term unemployed, where people would be guaranteed a job after being unemployed for a certain period of time, which they would have to take.

The bulletin also claims average wages in the region have fallen by an average of £2,000 and in the first quarter of this year nine per cent of those aged over 16 were unemployed in Yorkshire and the Humber. Only the North east and West Midlands fared worse.

Rother Valley MP, Kevin Barron, chair of the Yorkshire & Humber Labour MPs parliamentary group, said yesterday: “Before we are faced with another lost generation, as we saw in the eighties, we must take action. We hope this document can shine a light on the issues our region faces, and put further pressure on this Government to stop watching on from the side-lines and finally take action.”

Government figures released in March showed the number of people starting apprenticeships in Yorkshire rose from 36,500 in 2010 to more than 64,000 last year.

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