Youth unemployment in Burnley up 13%

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AN increasing number of young people are out of work in Burnley, new figures have revealed.

Latest unemployment numbers, released by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), show that there are more 18 to 24-year-olds out of work than in June this year, and in July last year.

In June 2012 there were 935 young people unemployed, whereas in July 2012, this figure increased to 945. In July last year there were 835 young people unemployed, meaning that youth unemployment is up by 13.2%.

TUC general secretary Brendan Barber believes the rise in youth unemployment is due to a “poor” response from the government.

He said: “Successful initiatives have been scrapped and been reinstated with less funding. Young people are still awaiting a replacement for Educational Maintenance Allowance to support them through their education too.

“Ministers must step up job support before unemployment starts rising again otherwise help will come too late for too many people.”

Youth unemployment figures in Pendle have also risen. In June 2012 there 685 young people unemployed, in comparison to July 2012, where 740 were unemployed. In July last year there were 660 young people unemployed.

The numbers have been released as part of TUC’s “All Together For a Future That Works” campaign, which calls for urgent action by the government, employers and other organisations, to address the crisis facing young people.

Alan Manning, North West TUC regional secretary, said: “The TUC Charter for A Future That Works offers practical ways that the problem of youth unemployment in Burnley can be tackled.

“It will help young people in the area when they need it most.

“We will be calling on employers in the area to sign up to the charter and commit to it and we will be asking the council and MP Gordon Birtwistle to sign up to this charter to ensure we can make the changes needed to guarantee a better future for our young people.”

Speaking to the Express in June, Mr Birtwistle said that youth unemployment is a result of a lack of training in jobs that are currently available. He believes that the government’s apprenticeship schemes and new Youth Contract will help young people to source jobs and find long-term employment.