Dearne jobless total is still rising

Unemployment in the Dearne is rising, new figures show, despite a record number of people in work across the country.

The figure in Ed Miliband’s Doncaster North constituency, which includes Sprotbrough and Mexborough, rose by 42 from 3,348 to 3,390.

A slight improvement was shown in Don Valley, where the figure fell from 2,630 to 2,625.

In Doncaster Central, which covers Armthorpe, Balby and the town centre, there was also an increase, from 4,013 to 4,041.

It means the total number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance last month was 20 per cent higher than two years ago.

The figures also show an increase in long-term joblessness, with the number of people claiming benefit for more than 12 months in Doncaster going up by 50 to 2,870.