Ian Austin

Independent for Dudley North

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MP warns Dudley being left behind on unemployment

Dudley MP Ian Austin has warned that Dudley is being left behind on tackling unemployment after joblessness rose during September.

The latest figures from show that the number of unemployed claimants rose by 14 claimants in Dudley North constituency in September, pushing local unemployment to almost twice the national average.  Long-term youth unemployment also rose and remains at three times the national average.

Total unemployment across the Black Country is also above the national average.

Austin has said that the figures show the need for investment in education, apprenticeships and jobs in the Black Country, and has written to the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith calling for new measures to tackle the problem.

Ian Austin said:

“Dudley is being left behind and unemployment is rising at the same time as it is falling elsewhere in the country.

“This is strong evidence that we need to make education and skills the number one priority in Dudley if we’re going to attract new jobs and investment.

“I want the government to help tackle the problem with a Jobs Guarantee to put young people who have been unemployed for over a year into work and guaranteed apprenticeships for every school leaver that gets decent qualifications.”

Full unemployment figures for the Black Country can be found here.

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