Steve McCabe MP for Birmingham Selly Oak has raised concerns about another increase in unemployment in his constituency.
Figures released today show the unemployment rate is currently 7.3% in Birmingham Selly Oak, this is notably higher than the national average which now stands at 6.3%. The data also shows the number of those claiming benefits increased again from last month. This demonstrates a worrying trend for those seeking employment in the current climate.
As we see the Furlough scheme wind down and the lack of targeted employment support based on geographic areas of the UK, Steve McCabe is concerned that areas with existing unemployment problems are not receiving the additional support they need. Labour is calling for the Government to deliver targeted support based on location and sector and has criticised the one-size-fits-all approach.
As part of a local survey the MP asked constituents about their views on jobs in the local area, 82.5% of constituents who responded said the Government support should be targeted to key sectors and job creation should be a top priority.
Steve McCabe MP said:
“Today’s figures prove that the Government cannot continue a jobs programme that is not tailored to location or sector. 82.5% of constituents who answered my survey told me they think Government support needs to be tailored to key sectors. Unemployment is rising in areas that have been left behind by the Government and now the furlough scheme is ending we need tailored action to help communities recover for the worst jobs crisis we’ve seen in a generation”