Youth unemployment tumbles in the Dales

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THE number of unemployed youngsters in the Dales has dropped from last year despite high national levels of people out of work.

Government statistics released this month reveal that the number of people aged 24-years-old and under who are out of work fell by almost 13 per cent from last year.

Patrick McLoughlin, Conservative MP for Derbyshire Dales, said: “This is great news and proves that there are opportunities about if young people are willing to do the work.

“I think it reflects well on education in the area as they’re obviously preparing youngsters for the job market and they seem to be getting the jobs.”

The Dales had the biggest drop in youth unemployment across the whole county beating other constituencies by a large margin.

Lynne Watson, Connexions advisor for the Derbyshire Dales, suggested that one of the reasons for the drop could be down to the high numbers of young people staying on in education.

She said: “Youth unemployment has remained low for quite some time in the Dales now.

“The number of children who stay in education is very high in the area with 84 per cent staying on in the Dales compared to 79 per cent for the rest of Derbyshire.”

Another reason for the low figures could be down to the mix of business in the Dales.

Patrick Mcloughlin said: “While tourism offers young people a lot of jobs, we also have a diverse range of businesses in the area.

“Although I’m very much aware that we live in difficult times and we all need to keep positive.”

The total number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the Derbyshire Dales did rise by 1.4 per cent from last year.

However, with rises of nearly 30 percent in places such as Glasgow, the Dales fared relatively well overall.

Patrick said: “While figures are good, we can’t take them for granted.”