Commenting on today’s unemployment figures, Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Today’s unemployment figures offer no let up for young people in Denton and Reddish who are increasingly shut out of the job market because of this Government’s economic failure.
“Long term youth unemployment here in Denton and Reddish is up 225% in the last year, but ministers still refuse to take decisive action.
“Labour’s not waiting for the election to take action. Our Youth Jobs Taskforce is pulling together the best ideas from across the country to take action now.”
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:
“Today’s fall in unemployment is a welcome chink of light in a very bleak economic outlook. But frankly, when the welfare bill is spiralling by over £24 billion over this parliament, ministers are wrong to be breaking out the bunting.
“There are now red flashing lights warning that Britain is becoming a very divided country.
“Long-term unemployment has risen yet again. The number of young people out of work and claiming benefits for more than a year went up yet again, and three-quarters of Britain has higher unemployment than at the election. More than a third of people out of work have been jobless for more than a year in the clearest sign yet that the Work programme is not doing the job.
“People in jobs are increasingly having to work part-time or on temporary contracts. There are 1.4 million people who are forced to work part time because they cannot find a full time job.
“I’m afraid the story is very simple. Those out of jobs are increasingly shut out. Those in jobs are increasingly insecure.”