Steve McCabe MP expresses concern over latest regional unemployment figures

Steve McCabe  has expressed concern at the latest seasonally adjusted unemployment figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics.

The unemployment rate for people aged 16 and over for the UK was 7.8% for the period February to April 2013. By comparison, the regional rate for the West Midlands was at 9.4%

The unemployment rate in the West Midlands increased by 0.8%, the largest recorded level across the United Kingdom for this period.

The employment rate for the West Midlands also decreased by 1.2%, the largest registered reduction across the United Kingdom for the period February to April 2013 compared to the three months to January 2013.


Steve said:

“These figures show a disappointing trend across the West Midlands when compared to the rest of the Country.

“That the West Midlands has suffered both the largest increase in unemployment, and the largest decrease in the employment rate shows that the Conservative- led Government must do more for jobs and growth across the region.

“Every day I speak to constituents who are looking for work but are unable to find it. These figures confirm that the outlook for the region is still bleak, and emphasises that the Coalition Government needs to do more for the people of the West Midlands.

“I hope that the Conservative-led Government will do more to promote jobs and growth across the West Midlands in the upcoming Spending Review later this month.” 

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