New House of Commons figures show the number of unemployed people claiming benefits is double the national average.
The number of people claiming benefits in Dudley North is currently 6.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64. This is double the UK average claimant count of 3.4%.
Stats also show that the number of people out of work continues to rise. The number of claimants in Dudley North constituency is 310 higher than February 2018 and 75 higher than February 2019. Again, this is against the national trend, which saw an overall drop in unemployment of 35,000 in the last quarter.
Ian Austin said:
“These numbers are very worrying for people in Dudley. Every week people get in touch with me saying that are struggling to make ends meet and that they cannot find stable employment.
“I have always said that we need to make education Dudley’s number one priority so that people have the right skills to attract new businesses and jobs to replace those we have lost in traditional industries.
“I am delighted that there will be a new Institute of Technology in the heart of Dudley, but I think we can always do more and I want to see a University Campus in the town.
“Technology is going to change our lives and the whole world faster than ever before. There'll be massive growth and lots of well-paid jobs in new hi-tech industries over the next 20 years. At the same time, lots of jobs will also disappear. Today’s figures show how important it is to make sure people have the right skills to adapt to a changing economy.”