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Gordon responds to unemployment figures for March 2017

Gordon has responded to the latest set of unemployment figures commenting that they did not match Theresa May’s rhetoric of “a Government working for everyone”.

He said: "The latest statistics show that we are the 13th worst area in the country for unemployment. At present 6.7% of people in Blackpool South are in receipt of JSA - way above the UK average of 2.6%. 

"The picture around youth unemployment is not much better with very little change from the last month with only five less people on JSA. 6.5% of all 18 to 24 year-olds locally are claiming JSA or not in work and claiming Universal Credit. This is compared to the North West average which sits at 3.6% and the national average of 2.9%.

"This is very disappointing and shows that Theresa May’s rhetoric about “a Government working for everyone” does not match the reality. They desperately lacks a plan for creating well paid and high skilled jobs and as a consequence, the living standards of people of all ages in Blackpool are worsening under the Tories."

 

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