Jobless figures are some of the worst

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BLACKPOOL has some of the worst jobless figures in the country.

The Blackpool South constituency now has 4,041 people out of work – 11 per cent of its working age population.

Government figures reveal that is a rise of 636 on one year ago, and 44 on last month.

The figures mean Blackpool South now has the 47th highest jobless rate in the UK.

MP Gordon Marsden said: “This shows the jobs crisis is not letting up and certainly isn’t in Blackpool.

“The Government is being complacent and is not acting on any of the initiatives we have suggested to get young people into work.

“What is coming out nationally is women are disproportionately bearing the brunt, and what these figures don’t show is that lots of people are losing hours in Blackpool, essentially moving from full-time employment to part-time work.”

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The Government statistics show 6,400 men and women across Blackpool are out of work – a rate of per cent, well above the national average of 7.7 per cent.

And in stark contrast, Fylde has 1,900 people out of work, a rate of five per cent; and in Wyre, 2,800 people – 5.1 per cent of the work age population – are unemployed.

Across the North West, the unemployment rate is 8.1 per cent.

Unison said 625 public sector jobs have been lost every day since the coalition Government was formed, equivalent to one every two minutes 18 seconds.

While public sector employment fell by 37,000 in the final quarter of 2011, the numbers employed in private firms increased by 45,000 to 23 million.

Blackpool North and Cleveleys MP Paul Maynard said: “No one denies these are tough economic times but our children, and their children, will not thank us if we embark on the irresponsible extra borrowing that Labour is trying to entice us into.

“We need a full appraisal of the Fylde coast that the Economic Development Company was doing before Blackpool’s Labour Party abolished it.

“I’ll be supporting the Local Enterprise Partnership and the Enterprise Zone at Warton to bring investment in which will benefit the entire Fylde coast with its supply chains, and also to keep working to ensure our infrastructure is fit for purpose.”

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