Barbara Keeley

MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT FOR WORSLEY AND ECCLES SOUTH

Barbara challenges Government to do more as long-term unemployment is highest for 17 years

job centreBarbara is concerned at levels of long-term unemployment, which are the highest they have been since 1996.

The number of people in Worsley and Eccles South who have been unemployed for more than a year has increased to 960 in June 2013 from 940 in June 2012.

There was a steeper increase in the number of people aged 25 and above who have been unemployed for two years or more, which rose to 415 in June 2013 from 270 in June 2012, an increase of 54%.


Barbara said:

“Long-term unemployment has been rising in Worsley and Eccles South and across Greater Manchester for some time and the latest figures are the highest for 17 years. The rise in the number of people out of work for two years or more is very worrying.

“The Conservative-led Government is presiding over historic levels of long-term unemployment because their economic policies are failing to deliver jobs and growth and their welfare policies are failing to get people back to work”

“We need real urgent action to get people back to work in Salford. A Labour Government would have a compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get anyone unemployed for two years or more into a real paying job.”

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