Unemployment still on the rise

The number of unemployed claimants in the Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock constituency has risen again this month as the recession continues to bite in Ayrshire.

The number of people claiming benefits due to being out of work in June 2011 was 2,921 representing a rate of 7.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 135th highest of the 650 UK constituencies.

The number of claimants is 323 higher than in June 2010 and 17 higher than in May 2011.

Commenting on the current unemployment statistics, Sandra Osborne MP for Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock said: “Given the figures people across this constituency will be really worried that the Government is simply not gripping the problem. It seems that their approach is casual about the crucial need to get people back to work.

“The Tory Government are creating a downward cycle in our economy by cutting too far and too fast – hitting families and costing jobs. More people out of work and on benefits make it harder to get the deficit down.”

“The Labour Party proposes a measured and fair alternative which would create growth and subsequently jobs within our economy.

“Labour has proposed a sensible, fair tax on banker’s bonuses to provide over 100,000 jobs for young people and a proper plan for growth.

“With the £2 billion that could be raised this year from repeating the bank bonus tax, Labour says the government should; Provide £1.2bn to fund construction of more than 25,000 homes across the country. This would generate more than 20,000 jobs several times more in the supply chain, and as many as 1,500 construction apprenticeships at a time when demand for construction apprentices has fallen by 31%.

“Establish a £600m fund for youth jobs. This would help more than 90,000 young people into work at a time when youth unemployment has reached almost one million.

“I am calling for the government to focus on putting in place policies which help to get our people back to work and not abandon them to unemployment and poverty”