Figures released today showing that unemployment figures in the North East are down have been cautiously welcomed by local MEP Jonathan Arnott.
“The fact that unemployment figures in the North East are now declining is a hugely encouraging sign. However, we do need to be a little cautious when looking at these figures as the North East still has the highest rates of unemployment in the country.
“The gap between the North East and the national average is still over four times as high as it was at the end of 2007, and these figures come on the back of three consecutive quarterly rises,” said Mr Arnott, UKIP’s North East Euro-MP.
“Many people still aren’t feeling a recovery, but at least for once there is some good news to report. We need to make sure that those who are in work are always better off than they would be on benefits, and one good way to start is with UKIP’s policy of no tax on minimum wage.”