Long-term Unemployment Still Up

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15 Aug 2013

The latest jobs figures published earlier this week show that here in the Rother Valley long-term unemployment is still up 5% on the year. It is getting clearer by the day that this government is letting down our area.

We urgently need action to get local people into work. This is why I am calling for a compulsory jobs guarantee, which will get any adult out of work for more than two years, or young person out of work for a year, into a job – one they would be required to take.

Our area can’t wait any longer for action. Ministers must get off their hands and start helping now before they condemn a whole generation to joblessness.