Grahame Morris MP

Member of Parliament for Easington

Austerity Isn’t Working

September 13, 2012 Press Releases 0

Easington MP Grahame Morris has called for the end of austerity as the latest unemployment figures show a further increase in the number of Job Seekers in the Easington constituency.

The number of unemployed claimants in Easington constituency in August 2012 was 3,307 representing   9.9% of the economically active population. The number of claimants is 441 higher than in August 2011 and 14 higher than in July 2012, the 62nd highest of the 650 UK constituencies.

In the North East the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in August fell by 200 from July, bringing the total to 93,500 – but that’s still 5,600 more than this time last year.

Nationally, the number of people out of work for more than a year was 904,000, the highest since 1996. The number of people in part-time work rose by 134,000 to 8.12 million, the highest figure since 1992, when collection of these numbers started. These figures included 1.42 million people who would like to work full-time but are unable to find such employment.

Following the release of the latest figures  the Easington MP  said,

“The Prime Minister continues to ignore the North East, and needs a credible plan for jobs and growth.  If unemployment is going to be tackled the Government must do more to support local businesses.

Communities in the North-East continue to be hit the hardest by Government policies driving down demand across the region. The promised private-sector led recovery has failed to materialise.

Another month has passed, and I am still waiting for the Prime Minister to give his support to two large scale private sector regeneration projects in Murton and Peterlee.

We not only have an unemployment crisis, but a joblessness crisis, where people want to work more but there are simply not the jobs available.

The Government can no longer bury its head in the sand, austerity isn’t working, and it is time for a real economic alternative to support growth and allow communities to flourish”