Unemployment up in West Midlands

Steve McCabe MP expresses caution over Labour Market Statistics published today, warning that the good news does not apply to the whole country.

 

Steve McCabe MP expresses caution over Labour Market Statistics published today, warning that the good news does not apply to the whole country.

 

While it is obviously good news that the number of people out of work nationally fell by 46,000 to 2.56 million in the three months to June, the story wasn’t quite so positive in the West Midlands with the number of people unemployed increasing by 0.3%.

 

Steve said:

“It is good that unemployment across the country is down, but we need to be cautious about these figures. Many new temporary jobs will have been created for the Olympics which will be coming to an end shortly.

 

“Unemployment rose in the West Midlands by 0.3%, these statistics are probably a greater indication of the strength of the job market as the Olympics will have had only a small effect on the area.

 

“It is worrying that unemployment is still rising in some regions, the Government need to come up with a better plan for jobs and growth to get us out of this recession.”

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