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Gordon hits out at Government as local unemployment continue to lag behind

Gordon has hit out at the Government for not doing enough to help towns like Blackpool as the local unemployment rate continues to lag behind the national picture.

But he also said the national figures hid the fact that people were not finding enough well paid work to replace the quality jobs lost in the public sector.

Speaking to the Gazette, he commented: "There has been very little positive change here in Blackpool.

"Whatever is happening with the national figures we are seeing no improvement. The unemployment rate is twice as bad as the rest of the North West and two and a half times worse than the national average. The figures also do not take into account people on poor wages and zero hours contracts."

Gordon added too many people were under employed – off benefits but not having enough hours and therefore wages to keep their families properly.

"There are still strong structural weaknesses and not enough young people have access to the skills they need, while too many older unemployed people cannot get access to the training they need."

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