MP Neil Carmichael praises drop in year-on-year unemployment in Stroud

Stroud News and Journal: MP Neil Carmichael praises drop in year-on-year unemployment in Stroud MP Neil Carmichael praises drop in year-on-year unemployment in Stroud

STROUD MP Neil Carmichael has praised figures which show a drop in year-on-year unemployment in the Stroud constituency.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that, in February, the number of unemployed Jobseekers Allowance claimants in the Stroud constituency dropped by 327 from the same point in 2013.

The news follows figures released in January which showed that manufacturing had grown by 0.9 per cent in the final quarter last year. Almost one in four jobs in the Stroud constituency is in the engineering and manufacturing sectors.

Mr Carmichael said: “The Government’s long-term economic plan is working, and with unemployment down and manufacturing up, there is plenty to celebrate in the Valleys and Vale.

“Maintaining our focus on equipping young people with the skills to fill opportunities in engineering and manufacturing is essential, through initiatives like the Stroud Festival of Manufacturing and Engineering.”

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10:31am Sat 22 Mar 14

jamg3916 says...

Just regurgitating the party line.....widely known and accepted that unemployment figures are down due to decrease in full time and increase in part time work, high numbers of sanctions for those on JSA...and as any school pupil knows statistics can be made to prove anything!
Just regurgitating the party line.....widely known and accepted that unemployment figures are down due to decrease in full time and increase in part time work, high numbers of sanctions for those on JSA...and as any school pupil knows statistics can be made to prove anything! jamg3916
  • Score: 4

8:39am Sun 23 Mar 14

Nimue Brown says...

A zero hour contract also counts as employment, many people have gone self employed, making a pittance rather than face the utter misery and humiliation of JSA, and the minimum wage is not enough to live on, so clearly we have a long way to go. The long term economic plan is only 'working' if you feel that people going hungry, fuel poverty and widespread misery are good outcomes. Sure, if the aim was to drive more people into poverty and to drive vulnerable people into totally unviable situations, the economic plan is a raging success. I'd rather something more compassionate that delivered for the common good rather than lining the pockets of the few.
A zero hour contract also counts as employment, many people have gone self employed, making a pittance rather than face the utter misery and humiliation of JSA, and the minimum wage is not enough to live on, so clearly we have a long way to go. The long term economic plan is only 'working' if you feel that people going hungry, fuel poverty and widespread misery are good outcomes. Sure, if the aim was to drive more people into poverty and to drive vulnerable people into totally unviable situations, the economic plan is a raging success. I'd rather something more compassionate that delivered for the common good rather than lining the pockets of the few. Nimue Brown
  • Score: 5

11:44am Sun 23 Mar 14

Cuthbert Thickett says...

I look forward to seeing Neil's response to the Listers tragedy. No comments so far..... But then again, thats not unusual is it, after all Dursley is in his constituency after all.
I look forward to seeing Neil's response to the Listers tragedy. No comments so far..... But then again, thats not unusual is it, after all Dursley is in his constituency after all. Cuthbert Thickett
  • Score: 6

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