How shocking it was to hear the jobless figures from the Office for National Statistics.
There are now more than one million young 16-24 years olds unemployed. This staggering figure masks a loss of hope or future for a whole generation
Apparently, 111,000 jobs were lost in the public sector, in the three months up to June. As we recall, George Osborne, when cutting good schemes, such as the Future Jobs Fund, said that the private sector would provide the jobs lost in the public sector. In the same period, only 41,000 jobs were created in the private sector – a huge deficit there!
Not surprisingly, the Coalition Government are blaming the Eurozone crisis, on the loss of jobs. However, they are being disingenuous because the European situation didn’t really move into its latest dangerous phase until late July and August and would therefore have no impact on today’s unemployment figures.
Unfortunately, things look set to get a whole lot worse and, presumably, this will be deemed to be a price worth paying by this current Government. Fortunately, ordinary people are saying enough is enough, as they see their standard of living plummet and hopefully, this will be at the forefront, the next time this elite and remote Government go to the ballot box.
Cherril Cliff, Hall Lane, Armley