New call is made to tackle Yorkshire jobs crisis

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THE Number of people out of work in Yorkshire rose by more than six per cent in the three months to February.

The region’s jobless total increased by 4,000 to 169,000 according to the latest figures.

Neil Foster, policy and campaigns officer for the Yorkshire and the Humber TUC, said: “Ministers have been complacent about the state of the economy in our region ever since the general election last year.

“The government’s attention has been focused heavily on Europe but it’s very important they pause and take today’s unemployment figures for Yorkshire seriously.”

Meanwhile, the Government has been urged to adopt a new approach to helping people into work.

Owen Smith, shadow work and pensions secretary, said: “This growth in unemployment is worrying, as over 20,000 more people are now looking for work. This comes on top of sluggish earnings growth, as working people make their way through a Tory decade of record low pay.

“At this time the very last thing the Tories should be doing is cutting in-work support to low and middle paid workers. Yet that is exactly what Stephen Crabb did last week by introducing Universal Credit cuts that will leave two million working families an average of £1,600 a year worse off.”

Laura Gardiner, senior policy analyst at the Resolution Foundation, said: “Employment remains at a record high but jobs growth appears to have stalled in recent months. A new approach is needed.”

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