Youth unemployment improving in Plymouth
YOUTH unemployment in Plymouth improved dramatically last year.
The Centre for Cities has analysed this week’s figures from the Office for National Statistics, reported in The Herald yesterday.
The proportion of people aged 16-24 out of work fell by 1percentage point in the year, to stand at 4.8per cent.
The change put Plymouth at joint 22nd out of 64 cities in the UK and slightly better than the national average of 5.4per cent.
Hull fared worst, with 11.3per cent of its young people jobless.
The unemployment rate for young people increased by 2percentage points between the start of the downturn in 2008 and December last year.
Hull’s figure rose the most, by 5.1percentage points.
The best-performing city was Oxford, where unemployment rose by just 0.2percentage points over the four years.
The Centre for Cities also compared the overall unemployment statistics for the country. Once again, Hull fared worst with a rate of 8.7per cent and Cambridge best at 0.5per cent. Plymouth did better than the national average with 3.3per cent of working-age people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.