Proportion of Long Term Unemployed Quadruples

Data uncovered by Jamie Reed MP has shown that the proportion of those claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance for more than 12 months has increased greatly over the last five years.  The figures now show that 40.9% of JSA claimants have been out of work for over 12 months, compared with 11.8% in April 2010.

The data also shows that the proportion of long term unemployed has risen faster in Copeland than the North West and Great Britain averages.  In 2010, the proportion of long term unemployed people in Copeland was lower than the British average. Under this Government this has changed; Copeland now has a higher proportion of long term unemployed than the British average.

The figures show a marked rise between January 2011 and January 2013, a period corresponding with a contraction of GDP.  There has also been a marked rise since January 2015 up to the present.
This comes just a week after the Office of National Statistics confirmed that unemployment in Britain has risen for two months in a row.

Copeland MP and Labour’s Shadow Health Minister, Jamie Reed MP said:

“The best days of West Cumbria are ahead of us, but these will only be realised if everyone has a stake in our future.

“The Government claim that long-term unemployment is falling, but the proportion of those out of work being out of work for a long time is rising rapidly.  The Government can’t afford to be complacent on this issue.

“We need to see more investment in skills and training to help people back into work.  West Cumbria could become one of the fastest growing sub-regional economies in the country and to take advantage of that, we need to expand our world class skills base and give people the skills they need to succeed.”


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