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Youth unemployment 20 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power
18/07/2013 14:55:00


Yesterday's unemployment figures showed unemployment in Croydon Central continuing to fall.

2,871 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in June. That's down 120 or nearly 4 per cent in the last month and 386 or more than 12 per cent on a year ago.

The news regarding youth unemployment is even better. Of the 2,871 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in June, 615 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's down 45 or nearly 7 per cent in the last month and 255 or nearly 29 per cent on a year ago. Despite the tough economic times we are going through, it is now nearly 20 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power.

There is absolutely no room for complacency. There are still far too many people out of work or in part time work when they would like a full time job. But these figures show that the Government's economic strategy is working. Across the country, more people are in work today than at any time in this country's history.

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On 18/07/2013 15:04:00 Jess Smith wrote:
I hope that this is true - I would like for people in Croydon to be doing better.

But JSA claimants is not an accurate measure of unemployment: people on workfare are not classed as 'claimants' as they're in 'training', and yet they are not in employment; long-term unemployed aren't counted, as after six months people are moved off JSA (do you have figures for long-term unemployed in Croydon?); this will also not count people who are sanctioned from JSA at the time the figures were compiled (do you have figures for the number of sanctions given by Croydon Job Centre plus' in this time period?).

It would be great to think that this many people had actuall moved from JSA into work, for them, their families and the wider economy. However, JSA claimant figures on their own don't tell us whether this is the case.

On 19/07/2013 17:51:00 Jim wrote:
The figures also don't take in to account the bloated public sector. Many of its "workers" are as unproductive as unemployed people but cost us considerably more. (In fact some of them are worse since they delight in making life difficult for the productive sector.)

Shrink the public sector down, get officialdom off the backs of the private sector and useful employment will follow as sure as night follows day.




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