Unemployment up in the West Midlands and youth unemployment still too high

Steve McCabe MP has expressed his disappointment over rising unemployment in the West Midlands and concern about the high rate of youth unemployment.


Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that unemployment fell by 7,000, compared with the previous three month period. However in the West Midlands the unemployment rate rose to 8.8%, a rise of 0.5%.  


While youth unemployment fell overall in the West Midlands there is still an unemployment rate of 23.7% amongst young people aged 16-24, and those aged 18-24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Selly Oak constituency rose by 0.1%.


Steve said:

“It is very worrying that the unemployment rate has risen in the West Midlands, the Government needs a strategy for jobs and growth that extends right across the country.


“What worries me most is the rate of youth unemployment; in my constituency, Selly Oak, the number of young people aged 18-24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance has risen by 0.1%. This shows we must be cautious about the figures released today.


“The Government needs to make a more concerted effort to tackle this problem. We are in real danger of creating a jobless generation, we must do everything we can to prevent this. “

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