“Today’s unemployment figures offer no let up for young people in Denton and Reddish who are still paying the price for this Government’s economic failure.
“Long term youth unemployment here in Denton and Reddish is up 167% in the last year, but ministers still refuse to take decisive action.
“This Government has got to wake up to this crisis, they must take action now and they should start with Labour’s Real Jobs Guarantee and get our young people back to work.”
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:
“Today’s slight fall in the headline rate of unemployment is welcome, but frankly ministers would be wrong to start popping the champagne corks. Today’s figures expose Britain’s jobs crisis is becoming deep set for young people, for women, for our construction industry and for swathes of Britain outside London.
“Youth unemployment rose once again, yet ministers have refused to say how many jobs their struggling Youth Contract is creating. More than a million women are out of work and women now make up nearly 80 per cent of the increase in long-term unemployment since the election. Our construction industry which we need to rebuild Britain has seen nearly 120,000 jobs wiped out.
“The blunt truth is that Britain needs a change of course fast. We are now in the longest double-dip recession since the Second World War. The Government’s failing economic plan has pushed borrowing up by a quarter so far this year.”