MP calls for more jobs help

LOCAL MP John Healey has warned unemployment in the Dearne is going up and urged the Government to do more.

The number of people out of work in the Wentworth & Dearne constituency is higher than it was last year.

The latest jobs figures released today, for the 12 months to May 2013, show that:

• Overall unemployment and the number of people claiming jobseekers’ allowance for more than six months have both gone up

• The number of people out of work for a year has gone up by a quarter

• The number of people aged 25+ unemployed for two years has nearly doubled

Mr Healey said: “It is getting clearer by the day that this government is letting down our area.

“We urgently need action to get local people into work. This is why Labour is calling for a compulsory jobs guarantee, which will get any adult out of work for more than two years, or young person out of work for a year, into a job – one they would be required to take.

“In Rotherham and Barnsley, we can’t wait any longer for action. Ministers must get off their hands and start helping now before they condemn a whole generation to joblessness.”