The latest unemployment figures released today show that the Government is failing my constituents and that much greater investment is needed in Bolton.
There are now 2415 unemployed claimants in Bolton North East, 225 more than there were at the same time last year.
Shockingly, Bolton North East now has the 31st highest number of unemployed claimants out of all 650 constituencies. For comparison, when the last Labour Government left office in 2010 the constituency was 113th.
On the Tories watch we are falling further behind the rest of the country.
The Government are failing to support towns like Bolton to deliver more employment opportunities. We need to see investment into our transport network so that my constituents can access jobs across the region, and we need more good jobs here in Bolton.
Theresa May found £1bn to invest in Northern Ireland, I want to know where our investment is? Bolton residents shouldn’t be left to fall behind and I will be raising this with Government Ministers.
The total number of unemployed claimants in Bolton North East constituency in June 2017 was 2,415.
This represents a rate of 5.5% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 31st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)
The equivalent UK claimant rate was 2.5%. The UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits and is estimated from survey data, was 4.5% between March and May 2017.
The number of claimants in Bolton North East constituency is 225 higher than June 2016 and 20 lower than May 2017.
When the last Labour Government left office in May 2010 Bolton North East had the 113th highest JSA claimant rate.