Gordon's comments on May's unemployment figures

Gordon has given his reaction to today's unemployment figures in Blackpool South, which have seen a small reduction. 

He said the drop was welcome but expressed concern over the reduction slowing down, compared to this time last year. 

Gordon commented: "Though there’s been a slight reduction in claimants in Blackpool South this month of 36 people, this is far less of a reduction than the previous months when unemployment fell by 137 claimants.

"Any reduction is welcome but what these figures show, in comparison to last month but also to this time last year, is the reduction continuing to slow down. We in Blackpool are still making up no ground compared with regional and national figures. Compared to those figures ours are twice as bad.

"Also looking at previous trends the seasonal drop in unemployment has not been as great as expected. I’m going to remain vigilant in following this through the Summer months.

"There are still far too many people of all ages on involuntary part-time or reduced hours, neither of which are taken account of in these figures. We know also there are too many young people unemployed in Blackpool.

"The truth is, as I challenged the Education Secretary over only this past Monday, Government is failing young people aged 14 to 19 because of very poor provision for work experience, failure to include it on the national curriculum and a complacency about the situation."

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