Labour Market Statistics

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12 Sep 2013

The latest labour market statistics show that real wages have fallen yet again by £12 a week and unemployment has gone up across half of Britain.
We can't go on like this. Britain's cost of living crisis is not improving, it’s intensifying. We need a recovery that benefits everyone, not just a few at the top.

Here in the Rother Valley long-term unemployment is still up 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. We can’t wait any longer for action; ministers must get off their hands and start helping now.