Halfon and Stride clash on unemployment figures

Politics / Sat 25th Jan 2014 at 10:59am

By Mark Sweeney

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon welcomes a local and national fall in unemployment figures, but Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Harlow, Suzy Stride, isn’t impressed.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that the number of people unemployed has fallen once again, with 167,000 gaining work between September and November of last year – the largest rise in employment in the UK’s history.

In Harlow, the number of unemployed claimants is 397 lower than in December 2012 and 47 lower than the previous month, while youth unemployment within Harlow has also fallen, from 8.1 per cent in May 2010 to 6.9 per cent in December 2013.
For the rest of the UK, there are over 30 million people in work for the first time ever, with four full-time jobs being created for every part-time job.

Mr Halfon said, “Unemployment is now significantly lower than when Labour was in power, decreasing from 5.5 per cent in May to 4.3 per cent in December 2013.”

Miss Stride responded, “There are still almost a million young people unemployed and over two million of working age people unemployed. If Halfon thinks that is an achievement, then I have to say I do not agree.

“Only the Labour party will tackle long term youth unemployment by taxing bankers’ bonuses to pay for the Jobs Guarantee, which will guarantee a job to over 18 year olds out of work for six months, and those over 25 out of work for two years.”

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