Black people are continuing to bear the brunt of austerity, Labour warned yesterday after official stats showed that the number of unemployed ethnic minority youngsters had soared by a whopping 50 per cent since the Con-Dems took office.
Over 41,000 18-24 year olds from non-white backgrounds were on the dole — a fifth of all long-term unemployment in this age-group, the figures showed.
Labour shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves (pictured) said the statistics showed that “the Tory plan is failing.
“It is a huge waste of the next generation’s skills, potential and talent and it comes at a huge cost to young black and minority ethnic people, their families, taxpayers and the economy,” she said.
“Labour’s plan will give more than 3,200 young black and minority ethnic people who have been abandoned by David Cameron the chance to earn, learn and fulfil their potential.”
But a Tory spokesman said the number of unemployed young black people had “doubled” during the last Labour government.
“Over the past five years we have been working through a long-term economic plan to secure a better future for everyone in Britain,” he said.
“There’s clear evidence that plan is working, with more people in work than ever before and over half a million more members of the BME community enjoying the security of a regular wage.”
Labour has pledged to guarantee 18 to 24-year-olds a job for six months if they have been out of work for over a year.
But the party has come under fire for its apprenticeship plans — part of the jobs guarantee scheme — which would see youngsters working less than the minimum wage.