Job loss numbers up by 15 per cent

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton
Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton

THE number of people on the jobs scrapheap in Doncaster is up 15 per cent in a year, official unemployment figures reveal.

February’s figure of 11,252 for the whole of the borough compares with 9,740 for the same period in 2011 and is up from 10,959 in January.

The biggest rise, of 16 per cent, came in the Doncaster Central constituency, where the figure of 4,434 was up from 3,800 a year ago, and from 4,296 last month.

Doncaster North saw a rise to 3,786, compared to 3,721 in January and only 3,286 back in February 2011.

In Don Valley, the latest figure is 3,032, which is up from 2,942 last month, and 2,654 a year ago.

Doncaster Central MP Rosie Winterton, said she was worried about the rise in the figures.

She said: “The latest unemployment figures are another blow for hundreds of squeezed families across the borough.

“The jobs crisis shows no signs of letting up, yet complacent ministers are doing little, if anything, to help the people of Doncaster.

“The Government has been raising taxes and cutting spending too far and too fast and the results are now clear for all to see.

“They are failing on jobs, failing on the economy and failing the people of Doncaster.”

Last week the Free Press revealed potential job losses at Lakeside-based housing firm Keepmoat, after the firm merged with another construction company Apollo in Essex.

Nationally, the unemployment rate is at a near 17-year high after the latest rise.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said the rise in unemployment was “disappointing” but insisted the problem was not the fault of the coalition Government.

He told the House of Commons that it would be wrong to suggest it was a “problem invented by this Government”.

He added that unemployment among women and young people had risen under the Labour administration.

The Government said there were signs that the labour market was “stabilising” with the number of people in work increasing by 9,000 to 29.1 million.

The 28,000 increase in unemployment was the lowest for almost a year.

Public sector employment has fallen by 270,000 in the past year following the Government’s spending cuts.