Graham Stuart, Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness has today welcomed new statistics that show the Government’s long-term economic plan has helped get 12,000 young people off benefits in Yorkshire and The Humber over the past year.
Commenting, Graham said:
“It’s great news that there are 12,000 fewer young people relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance in the region than last year. This means more young people in Yorkshire and The Humber are receiving a regular pay packet, learning a profession or getting the training they need for a more secure future – proof that the Government’s long-term economic plan is helping young people take that important first step into adult life.
“Of course there is still more to do, but these figures show the Conservative’s long-term plan to fix the economy is working, getting people off benefits and into work – delivering a more secure future for young people who want to work hard and get on in life.”
The MP claims:
Under Labour youth unemployment rose by 45 per cent nationally, but we are now turning the corner with the latest figures showing the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is helping get young people off benefits and into work:
· The number of young people in work climbed by 77,000 in the last three months, with youth unemployment falling by 39,000.
· Youth unemployment is now lower than at the election (by 24,000).
· The number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – the main out of work benefit – is now down 114,300 since the election and has fallen for 19 consecutive months.
· The number of young people Not in Education, Employment or Training is at its lowest for a decade.
· Over 1.5 million apprenticeships have been started since the election.
· There have been over 100,000 Work Experience placements.
This follows the positive employment figures last week which showed:
· There are more people in work than ever before with a record level of employment – over 30.1 million – and the largest quarterly rise in employment since records began in 1971.
· The number of people in work has increased by over 1.3 million since the election.
· The number of women in work is at a record high.
· The number of people without a job is 170,000 lower than at the election.
· The number of people who have been unemployed for an extended period is falling.