UKIP’s local Euro MP Jonathan Arnott has hit out after figures released today shows that unemployment is still rising in the North East despite the region already having the highest levels in the country.
The figures, published by the Office for National Statistics, shows that there were 132,000 people out of work in the region between May and July this year – an increase of 1,000 on the previous quarter.
Arnott said “Yet again, our region is shown as the region which has the highest rate of unemployment in the country.
“Over the course of the last week I visited a foodbank in Redcar, and an employability resource centre in Blyth; both are doing fantastic work for those who need help and support. However, the broad consensus prevailed that those in Westminster have no idea whatsoever as to how to get those who are unemployed in the North East into training and work.
The region still has the highest unemployment rate in the country, with one in ten people without a job.
“We have to dual the A1 in this region to make the region a more attractive proposition for business, scrap income tax on minimum wage jobs to make work pay, and provide greater levels of investment to manufacturing companies to rejuvenate our once thriving industry”.