New figures have revealed that South Derbyshire has the second highest level of youth unemployment in the county.
The figures, released by Derbyshire County Council this week, show the number of young people in South Derbyshire claiming jobseeker’s allowance stands at 31.8 per cent, compared to a national average of 26.2 per cent. The only area with a higher rate is Chesterfield, where 34.4 per cent of young people are unemployed.
MP for South Derbyshire Heather Wheeler said the figures were not acceptable.
She told the Mail: “People will know I’m very concerned about the level of education young people have been receiving and I’m asking questions to Michael Gove about the Department of Work and Pensions and specifically initiatives that can be undertaken in South Derbyshire to alleviate the problem.”
She added: “The overall unemployment levels in South Derbyshire are astonishingly low, lower than Aylesbury and way below the levels of when the mines were shut.”
In light of the figures the county council has announced plans to create apprenticeship places for young people to help them find work, which could lead to further employment.
Derbyshire County Council’s cabinet member for jobs, economy and transport, Councillor Joan Dixon, said: “The council wants to build a strong economy that creates jobs, grows business and provides a future for our young people.
“We are doing what we can − this year the council is providing 80 apprentice positions for young people.”
There were 12,550 people aged 16 to 64 claiming job seeker’s allowances this year, compared to 15,615 last year.