Minister encourages business to take advantage of Youth Contract and help young people off benefits and back into work
MORE than 3,600 young people are out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance across South West Wales.
In Swansea 1,415 people aged 18 to 24 years old are currently claiming and looking for work.
In Neath Port Talbot that figure is now 1,075 while the number in Carmarthenshire is 1,185.
The UK Government is hoping to encourage businesses in the area to hire young people with the help of the £1 billion Youth Contract.
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Minister for Employment, Mark Hoban, is urging businesses in Swansea and South West Wales to take advantage of 160,000 wage incentives offered as part of the package.
Mr Hoban said: "My message to businesses in Swansea for 2013 is simple.
"We've got up to £2,275 of cash sitting on the table waiting for you to take it up.
"So take on a young person who's been out of work for six months and the cash is yours."