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National Unemployment Falls, but Local Problems Still Exist

Figures revealed on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 from Labour Market Statistics show that local women’s full-time wages are nearly £50 worse off per week than the national average.

Jon Wheale

Jon Wheale, Labour's Parliamentary Candidate for Burton and Uttoxeter believes
the figures revealed by Labour Market Statistics are a "mixed bag".

Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Burton and Uttoxeter Jon Wheale responded to statistics:

“I am concerned to see that today’s figures are a mixed bag with average wages for women in Burton, Uttoxeter, and the villages dragging behind the regional and national average.

Unemployment falling is to be welcomed but what we don’t want to see is local women’s wages falling behind the rest of the region and the country.

“Managing household bills continues to pose challenges for many local people, so what is needed are good rates of pay for women as well as for men.

“Women workers deserve better.”

 

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, also commented on the statistics, saying:

“Today’s fall in overall unemployment is welcome. The Government should use this opportunity to tackle the unacceptably high levels of long-term unemployment and youth unemployment. More than 900,000 young people are unemployed and over 250,000 young people are long-term unemployed.

These figures also show prices are still rising more than twice as fast as wages which means working people are over £1,600 a year worse off on average under this out-of-touch Government.

“Labour would act to tackle high levels of long-term unemployment with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee to get people back to work and a Basic Skills Test to ensure everyone claiming jobseekers allowance has the basic English, Maths and IT skills they need to find a job. Our Compulsory Jobs Guarantee and our Basic Skills Test will help get people back to work and help us to earn our way out of the cost-of-living crisis.”

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