Today’s Labour Market Statistics report has revealed that the claimant count has fallen slightly in the last month, but long term unemployment and youth unemployment is still far too high across the communities making up the Denton and Reddish constituency. Local MP Andrew Gwynne has now called on the government to do more to tackle this pressing issue.
The latest monthly statistics produced by the House of Commons Library shows there has been a welcome drop in claims for jobseekers’ allowance, but it is still higher than it was at the time of the election, and rising.
Total unemployment remains persistently high at 46,000 more than at the time of the election. Long-term unemployment has increased to 902,000. There has also been a 69% increase in the number of people aged over 25 spending two years or more on JSA. Labour has promised to provide a job for any adult spending more than two years out of work.
Andrew Gwynne MP said:
“Here in Denton and Reddish long term unemployment is still up 23% on the year, and long term youth unemployment is up 15%. It is getting clearer by the day that this government is letting down our area.
“We urgently need action to get local people into work. This is why Labour is calling for a compulsory jobs guarantee, which will get any adult out of work for more than two years, or young person out of work for a year, into a job – one they would be required to take.
“Denton and Reddish can’t wait any longer for action. Ministers must get off their hands and start helping now before they condemn a whole generation to joblessness.”
Liam Byrne MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to today’s Labour Market Statistics, said:
“We now have definitive proof the Government has simply failed to get Britain back to work. Today we’ve learned the number in work is down, unemployment is up, and more people are out of work for longer. Yet despite a jobs crisis, the government did literally nothing in the Queen’s Speech to help. Now instead of debating how to get Britain back on track, Tory MPs are bickering amongst each other in yet another Tory Euro-war. Families struggling for work will be asking quite simply, what planet are these people on?
“Our economy is flatling, and simply isn’t creating enough jobs. For the second month in a row, the number of people in work has fallen – and fallen sharply. Nearly one in five of those unemployed have been out of work for two years – and lots of part-time and temporary workers lost their jobs. The world of work has now become highly insecure.
“We need a change of course today – starting with a Jobs Bill to bring in Labour’s Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years back into a job; a job people must take or lose their benefits.”
The number of unemployed claimants in Denton and Reddish constituency in April 2013 was 2,533. This represents a rate of 5.7% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 103 lower than in March 2013 – source, House of Commons Library, May 2013.