Unemployment rise is hitting Ashfield youth

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UNEMPLOYMENT in Ashfield has risen over the past year, according to the latest figures from the Office of National Statistics.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) rose in almost every month from 2,480 in January 2011 to 2,870 in January this year - an increase from 3.9 per cent to 4.5 per cent.

The statistics, which relate to Ashfield constituency and not the district, reveal that unemployment is now higher than the national rate of 4.1 per cent.

It is also higher than the number of people claiming JSA across Nottinghamshire, which currently stands at 3.6 per cent. This has increased from 3.1 per cent in January last year.

But the picture is much bleaker for young people in Ashfield, with the number of people aged between 18 and 24 claiming JSA rising from 820 in January last year to 1,035 this January - an increase from 9.8 per cent to 12.4 per cent.

Nationally, the number of young people claiming JSA rose from 7.1 per cent 8.2 per cent over the year.

Across Nottinghamshire, the figure increased from 7.5 per cent to 9.2 per cent.

Ashfield MP Gloria De Piero said: “It is another setback for the economy but these aren’t just statistics – that’s now a total of 2,870 people out of work in Ashfield. Each is an individual story which has a devastating impact on every person and their family.

“I will continue to press Ministers on this matter.”