Fall in jobless – but MP worried

MP Ed Miliband
MP Ed Miliband
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Doncaster has seen a fall in the number of people in the borough claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

However, the number of long-term unemployed people in the borough has almost doubled in two years, new figures have revealed.

The overall fall in Doncaster was from 9,540 in July to 9,344 in August.

Doncaster North saw the number fall from 3,188 to 3,169. In Doncaster Central, it was down from 3,934 to 3,789 and in Don Valley is was down from 2,418 to 2,386.

But Ed Miliband, Doncaster North MP, said 2,930 people claimed the allowance for 12 months or more in August 2013, compared with 1,495 in August 2011.

In addition, the number of young people aged 18 to 24 claiming long-term JSA in August this year was 585, compared with 205 two years ago.

Mr Miliband, Labour Party leader, raised concerns in the House of Commons.

He said: “Across the country there is a record high in the number of part-time workers looking for full-time jobs – proof there is simply not enough work to go round.

“Nationally, real wages fell yet again by £12 a week, unemployment went up in many areas, the youth jobless rate rose by 9,400 and long-term unemployment rose yet again.

Mark Hoban, employment minister, said: “This is a really encouraging set of figures, with the number of people in work rocketing by 80,000 in only three months – a rise driven entirely by a growth in full-time jobs.”