Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has said local unemployment was still ‘rising inexorably’ despite the welcome news of jobs boosts at Redcar steelworks and AXA Insurance in Middlesbrough.
Tom said “Recent new figures which show a continued national rise in unemployment is mirrored exactly by the local figures for my constituency. The constituency now has an unemployment rate of 5.2% which represents 3,182 people signing on at local Job Centres. This time last year the rate was 4.8% with 2,973 people on the register.”
“This is despite the welcome news this year of thousands of new jobs being created at SSI in Redcar as the steelworks moves into restart mode, and the news that a big jobs boost is happening with AXA insurance opening new town centre offices in Middlesbrough.”
“Clearly, the coalition’s policies of deflation and a public spending freeze are combining to bring about a rise in unemployment for many, and heightening job insecurity for many, many more. The job cuts on the cards at both Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland Councils will only help to make the matters worse as we go into the Christmas season.”
“Local people are not working – and neither are David Cameron and Nick Clegg’s policies.”