“Where are the jobs in Birmingham and West Midlands?” asks Steve McCabe MP

Steve McCabe MP, Birmingham Selly Oak, has expressed concern that while national unemployment figures continue to improve the situation in Selly Oak constituency, Birmingham and the West Midlands leaves much to be desired.

The Office for National Statistics released Labour Market figures today showing the number of people out of work in the UK fell by 125,000 to 2.34 million  in the three months to December. The rate of  unemployment now stands at 7.2%.

 

Although unemployment in the West Midlands has fallen in the three months to December as compared to the previous three months, the rate of unemployment still remains above the national average at 8.3%.

 

It was bad news for Selly Oak Constituency however  with latest figures showing that there were actually more people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in January 2014 compared to December 2013.

 

Commenting on the figures, Steve McCabe said:

“While the national unemployment picture continues to improve the story in Birmingham and the West Midlands isn’t so good. Unemployment is still above the national average at 8.3% and the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in my constituency actually increased in January 2014 compared to the month before meaning it remains in the top 20% in the country for unemployment.

 

“Most of the gains are still in London and the South East, where are the jobs in Birmingham and West Midlands? There is still not enough being done to tackle long term unemployment and to encourage start ups and stable jobs where they are most needed.”

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