FIGURES released this week revealed the number of unemployed 18-24 year olds in Yorkshire and the Humber has shot up by 20,000 in the past year to 90,000, an increase of 28.5%.
The figures, part of experimental Office of National Statistics calculations, showed that amongst all age groups unemployment stands at 251,000 in the region, an overall increase of 7.6%.
Figures for unemployment up to June 2011 specifically in East Yorkshire stood at 4,000 people, whilst figures released last week show the number of benefits claimants in East Yorkshire has risen by 215 to a figure of 2,558 people, a 0.3% increase from 3.8% to 4.1% over the past year.
The news that unemployment in the Yorkshire and Humber region has continued to increase chimes with Government figures released last week, which showed a national increase of 28,000 people out of work in the three months leading up to January.
However all is not as bad as it seems as unemployment nationally has seen its smallest increase since May 2011, raising hopes that the country is seeing glimmers of an economic recovery.
Commenting on the latest youth unemployment figures, Sara Arnold, Employment and Skills Manager at East Riding Council said: “The Employment and Skills Team at the council have been working with their partners like Jobcentre Plus to start a new program called Active8 specifically to help unemployed 18-24 year olds.
“We offer help with CV writing and job search techniques, whilst trying to build up confidence.”
For more information call the employment and skills team on 01482 883396.
“As well as these steps we have been working with local employers to try and get them to take on more young people as apprentices.
“It’s a difficult time and alarming figures like these can only be addressed by working together and we are positive about improving such figures.”
For more information about Active8, call the employment and skills team on 01482 883396.