Unemployment in Hemsworth continues to rise

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The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits across Hemsworth continues to rise.

More than 30 extra people were claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the area in March, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The number rose to 2,849 in March from 2,674 in February.

The number of people claiming JSA is 175 higher than in January, an increase of 6.5 per cent in three months.

Jon Trickett, MP for Hemsworth said: “Unemployment it is having a devastating impact on the lives and futures of thousands of people here in my constituency. Too many people are paying the price for the Tory-led Government’s failing economic plans - incredibly, more people are unemployed now than at the last election.

“Youth unemployment is up yet again, but ministers still refuse to take decisive action. Instead they have just introduced a tax cut for thousands of millionaires and just to add insult to injury, they are slashing tax credits and child benefit for millions of hard working people.”

The number of young people aged 16 to 24 claiming JSA has risen by 9.7 per cent since the beginning of the year from 155 in January to 170 in March.

Mr Trickett added: “This shows just how out of touch with the lives of ordinary people here in Yorkshire and across the country this Government really is.”