One in three U25s out of work

Worrying times for young jobseekers
Worrying times for young jobseekers

ONE in three of Wigan’s unemployed is now under 25, shock new figures reveal.

While the overall number of jobless in borough dipped slightly last month after two substantial rises, the number of local young people unable to find work continues to soar.

Local firms and colleges say there has been a dramatic fall in the number of apprentice placements available for young adults, as grants are cut and businesses feel the pinch.

The number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance had risen by more than 450 in July and August, so there was some relief today that it had gone down again by 79 in September to 8,968.

But while overall joblessness has dipped below 9,000, the figure for 18 to 25-year-olds alone at the same time went up by 90 to 3,025.

Lisa Nandy, Wigan MP, said: “This is a worrying situation. Urgent action needs to be taken to ensure young people aren’t consigned to long-term unemployment.”