Latest jobs figures shows the Government is still letting down Teesside

Labour Market  Statistics released today (12th June 2013) showed that, across Teesside, long term unemployment and long term youth unemployment continues to be a growing issue.

Commenting on today’s Labour Market Statistics, Tom Blenkinsop, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland said:

“Teesside 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.

“In my constituency long term unemployment is still up 12% on the year, and long-term youth unemployment is up 26%. This story is repeated in Stockton South where the figures are even more damning – long term unemployment is up 30% and long-term youth unemployment is up 62%. It is getting clearer by the day that this government is letting down our area.

“In addition to this, there continues to be a big squeeze on wages. Excluding bonuses, annual wages have fallen by £1,362 and the pay increase of 1.3% that today’s figures showed means wages are lagging way behind consumer price increases.

“The bottom line is unemployment is now higher than it was at the last election and living standards are falling year on year under this government. 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.”

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