Young hit by job cuts

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WIGAN is the fifth worst town in the North West for youth unemployment, according to a new report released today.

Halton, in Liverpool, tops the North West league for the area with the highest percentage of 18-24 year old unemployed claimants as a proportion of all claimants in the area.

In December 2010, in Halton 1,315 claimants were aged 18-24 which is 32.4 per cent of the 4,055 claimants there. Next in the regional league was Wirral then Rochdale, followed by Tameside and Wigan at 31.5 per cent unemployment amongst that age group.

For the North West region as a whole there were 172,535 claimants of all ages in December 2010. Of these 51,115 claimants were aged 18-24 which was 29.6 per cent of all claimants.

For the UK as a whole there were 1,420,125 claimants of all ages in December 2010. Of these 398,390 claimants were aged 18-24 which was 28.1% of all claimants.

The figures from the General, Municiple and Boilermakers’ union count figures for December 2010 from the Office for National Statistics.

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary in the North West Region said, “In the North West there are nearly 52,000 young workers aged 18-24 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance every week.

“When you add to that number the rest of the young people not in jobs but seeking work the real number is more than double that figure. In the UK as a whole the number of young workers aged under 24 seeking work is nearly a million.

“Young workers are the real economic victims of this banker’s recession.”