'Urgent action needed' on Gloucester's youth unemployment
URGENT action is needed to tackle rising youth unemployment in Gloucester.
That is the view of Sophy Gardner, Labour's parliamentary candidate for the city.
Latest labour market statistics reveal an upward trend in youth unemployment in Gloucester with nearly 900 young people without a job – a rise of seven per cent on last quarter.
Responding to the figures, Mrs Gardner said: "Our young people are feeling desolate and worrying about their future. Worrying about how and when things are going to change for them, and wondering how they are going to pay their way next week.
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"There is simply not enough work to go round.
"The fall in unemployment nationally is welcome but unless the optimism felt by the Government this week translates into opportunities here in Gloucester, our young people aren't going to join in the celebrating."
Conservative MP Neil Carmichael, for Stroud, said he was buoyant about a 5.1 per cent fall in youth unemployment in his constituency.
He said: "These new figures are very encouraging as an indication that our local and national economy is on the mend."