Worsening job situation in Brighton and Hove
By Raviliouse | Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 15:53
Youth unemployment in Brighton and Hove has grown by more than 20 per cent in just six months, with some 400 unemployed young people in the 18 to 24 year-old bracket having been out of work for more than six months.
The latest available figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) from January show the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming Jobseekers' Allowance (JSA) has jumped from 1,505 in June 2011 to 1,815 in January – soaring by some 21 per cent.
Total unemployment in the city is also rising, with 6,784 out-of-work people claiming JSA (much the same as in June 2010). As a whole nearly eight people in Brighton and Hove are chasing every job vacancy – almost double the figure seen in September 2011 – with the decline of the High Street seen as partly to blame.
The city witnessed a protest against the Government's controversial Workfare scheme at the weekend – an initiative which has been likened to "slave labour".
Under the scheme, 18 to 24-year-olds who have been unemployed for more than three months do unpaid work experience and risk their JSA being docked if they do not complete the scheme.
Part of the problem for Brighton and Hove is that the city houses two universities, of whom many graduates would like to continue living in the area.
Figures from the ONS also revealed that the average worker in the city earned £21,970 in 2011 compared to £25,552 nationally.