Joanne McCartney slams “out of touch” Mayor as long-term youth unemployment spirals in Enfield & Haringey

Local Assembly member Joanne McCartney has branded Boris Johnson “out of touch” after the Mayor blamed lazy young Londoners for spiralling unemployment.

The number of young people out of work for longer than six months in Enfield has shot up by 156 per cent in the last year, and by 119 per cent in Haringey. Figures released this week show there are now 8 people in Enfield chasing every job vacancy and 29 in Haringey.

But despite official statistics revealing the stark lack of job opportunities in the capital, Boris Johnson blamed unemployment on Londoners’ lack of “energy and appetite for work.” The Mayor told The Sun newspaper, “the jobs are there and people need to have the energy to go out and get them”.

“There are large numbers of job vacancies. Why are young people not taking up those jobs? … Let’s talk about the work ethic”, the Mayor said.

Local London Assembly member, Joanne McCartney said the Mayor was out of touch and did not understand the fears of young people in Enfield and Haringey:

Joanne McCartney said: “The Mayor either doesn’t know how bad things are for young Londoners or he is deliberately blaming them for the situation the government has forced them into. Either way he is totally out of touch with the desperate worries of school, college and university leavers and their families in my constituency.

“Our young people are hard working and ambitious but their fears for the future are being ignored. The number of unemployed young people has increased by 156% over this past year.  Instead of blaming them Boris Johnson should be bending over backwards to help them.”

The jobless figures released this week show that:

  • The total number of people looking for work in Enfield has risen by 17.9 per cent in the past year to 10,721
  • The total number of people looking for work in Haringey has risen by 7.4 per cent in the past year to 10,506
  • There are just 1,296 vacancies for people to apply for in Enfield but 10,721 looking for work
  • There are just 352 vacancies for people to apply for in Haringey but 10,506 looking for work
  • Across London there are 233,673 people are looking for work but just 32,843 vacancies
  • The number of young people out of work (18-24 years, claiming Job Seekers Allowance for 6 months) in Enfield has risen by 156 per cent in the past year to 770.
  • The number of young people out of work (18-24 years, claiming Job Seekers Allowance for 6 months) in Haringey has risen by 119 per cent in the past year to 625.
  • The number of young people out of work of across London is now over 1 million

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