A short article that I wrote for the Lancashire Evening Post (proper posts will be going up this weekend!):
Youth unemployment in Preston has risen 800% in the last year, according to figures released this week.
The ONS data released on 12th September revealed that the number of young Prestonians in between the age of 16-24 not in employment, education or training (NEETS) has rocketed by 120 people in between August 2011 and 2012, from 15 to 135.
The statistics also highlighted a continued rise in general unemployment to almost eight per cent, a figure that has climbed five per cent in the last five years.
Mark Hendrick, Labour and Cooperative MP for Preston, perturbed by the figures
He said: “The dramatic increase in NEETS is terrible, these figures are far too high. Young people need work to get valuable practical job experience. Without these opportunities they can’t embark upon a secure career path, which could seriously affect their prospects in the future.
“These figures highlight that employment rates and economic growth will not be achieved under the current government’s policies. “