Friday, 20 June 2014

'More needs to be done to create jobs' - Katy Clark

Katy Clark has welcomed the latest fall in official unemployment figures for North Ayrshire and Arran, but the local MP argues “more needs to be done to create jobs in the area”.

Labour Market Figures from the UK Government’s Office for National Statistics, published last week, show there were 2,919 people unemployed and claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in the North Ayrshire & Arran constituency in May, down by 161 from the previous month.

Ms Clark said, “There is still much that needs to be done to bring jobs to North Ayrshire. While the overall fall in unemployment is to be welcomed, beneath the headline figure there are a number of causes for concern. North Ayrshire and Arran’s unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the United Kingdom. Long-term unemployment remains over 60 per cent-higher than it was in May 2010, and unemployment among women is also higher than it was at that date.”

The Labour MP also noted that the latest figures showed “the increase in wages over the past twelve months is only 0.7 per cent, well below the current rate of inflation,” which, Ms Clark argued, “is just the latest indication of the cost of living crisis facing those in work and caused by the [UK] Government’s austerity measures. We urgently need an alternative based on secure, well paid employment.”

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