Tom Blenkinsop, Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, today (12th December 2012) expressed his on-going concern at “stubbornly high unemployment rates” in his constituency.
The number of unemployed claimants in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency in November 2012 was 3,418 – 135 higher than the same time last year and 8.0% of the economically active population in the area.
“Despite the national headline fall in unemployment this is clearly not the case in my constituency, 135 more people are now in the awful position of unemployment. Long term unemployment is refusing to budge and the Work Programme is, quite simply, failing to make a difference.
“Until constituencies like mine start showing consistently improving employment figures – including long term unemployed and youth unemployment – then the Government can’t claim to be on the “right track” to getting our economy working again.”