Gordon's comments on unemployment figures

Gordon has given his reaction to today's unemployment figures in Blackpool South, which have seen no uplift over the winter.GM_PIC.jpg

Following the release of figures which show that the total number of unemployed claimants in January 2016 for Blackpool South was 2,280 (both 1,155 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 1,125 people claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment) Gordon raised his concerns that Blackpool is falling foul of inadequate government policies on unemployment.

He said: "Today’s unemployment figures continue to show a worrying trend with 107 more claimants than December 2015 and a figure 67 higher than at this time last year. It is clear that whatever may be happening around the country is not benefitting Blackpool or the North West."

He continued: "There has been no uplift over the winter months so far and this is extremely concerning. People across Blackpool are facing a struggle to find work, not helped by the weakness in the manufacturing sector we see across the country, owing to this Government’s failures in providing the necessary resources.

"What is particularly worrying is the continued increase in unemployment amongst young people. Figures show 35 more claimants in the 18-24 year old category than December 2015 and the 480 claimants amongst young people is 55 higher than January of last year.

"We are disturbingly worse off than at this time last year and this shows how insufficient the Government’s policies have been, both for younger and older people, in reaching areas such as Blackpool."

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