An MP says a rise in youth unemployment in Nottingham North has led to the issue becoming a ‘running sore’ for the community.
New figures show the number of young people out of work in Nottingham North has risen, leavng the region with the 15th highest rate of unemployment in the UK.
MP Graham Allen said: “This week’s figures starkly reveal that the number of young people between the age of 18 and 24 out of work in Nottingham North has soared in the last month leaving 800 young people dependent on Jobseeker’s Allowance.”
The total number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Nottingham North constituency in August 2015 has risen to 2,838 according to the latest figures published by the Office for National Statistics.
More than one third of the claimants were aged 18-24, which represents a rate of 8.4 per cent.
The MP added: “This is an alarming number as the equivalent East Midlands claimant rate was only 2.6 per cent.
“A responsible Government needs to ensure that more people are able to go back to work in all areas of the UK. It is unacceptable that the area where you live has such a huge impact.”