Unemployment figures continue to rise, Steve asks the Government what they are going to do

Steve is asking the Government what practical steps they are taking to help tackle unemployment.

The unemployment rate for the country was 8.4% in the three months to December 2011, up 0.1% from the three months to September 2011. The number of unemployed people was 2.67 million, up 48,000.


The unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds has also risen again to 1.04 million, up 22,000 from the three months to September 2011.


The number of unemployed claimants in Birmingham, Selly Oak constituency in January 2012 was 3,590. This represents a rate of 8.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 116th highest of the 650 UK constituencies.


Steve said:

“These figures show more bad news for the economy on top of what we heard about the UK’s credit rating yesterday.


“The Government isn’t doing enough to help people back into work and stimulate the economy. It is all very well saying the deficit must be cut but this isn’t going to be achieved through huge numbers of people out of work and an economy that is on the brink of recession. With 1 in 5 young people out of work and long term youth unemployment doubling in the last year we are running the risk of creating a jobless generation.


“Earlier this week I visited the Reflexions Hairdressing Training Centre in Birmingham City Centre. It’s a magnificent set up but they need more thriving hairdressing businesses to take on their recruits and that just isn’t happening because small businesses are struggling through lack of bank finance and the rise in VAT. We need a direct government initiative to help small employers recruit young people and ward off the spectre of long term youth unemployment.”



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