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Manchester Central by-election confirmed for Thursday November 15

Lucy_with_volunteers1.jpg.ashx.jpgYoung people in Manchester continue to pay a heavy price
- Out-of-touch Government risks creating another lost generation - Lucy Powell

Latest statistics show young people in Manchester Central continue to pay the price for the government’s economic failure as long term youth unemployment continues to soar.

There's been a 124 per cent increase in the number of Manchester Central youngsters, aged 18-24, claiming JSA for over 12 months.

More than 150 young people in Manchester Central are now long term unemployed compared to same time last year. Last month there were 280 long term unemployed youngsters; compared to 125 in September 2011.

Lucy Powell, Labour’s Manchester Central Parliamentary candidate, said:

"The latest unemployment figures offer no let up for young people in Manchester Central who are increasingly shut out of the job market because of this Government’s economic failure. Long term youth unemployment here in is up 124 per cent in the last year, but ministers still refuse to take decisive action.

“These figures once again highlight the danger of young people who are losing the ability to work and will quickly become a lost generation. Labour’s not waiting for the election to take action. Our Youth Jobs Taskforce is pulling together the best ideas from across the country to take action now."

Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, added:

“Long-term unemployment has risen yet again. The number of young people out of work and claiming benefits for more than a year went up yet again, and three-quarters of Britain has higher unemployment than at the election. More than a third of people out of work have been jobless for more than a year in the clearest sign yet that the Work programme is not doing the job.
“People in jobs increasingly have to work part-time or on temporary contracts. There are 1.4 million people who are forced to work part time because they cannot find a full time job.  I’m afraid the story is very simple. Those out of jobs are increasingly shut out. Those in jobs are increasingly insecure.”

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