UNEMPLOYMENT figures in Hartlepool – up 3.1 per cent within a month – are “bad news for the town” according to MP Iain Wright.
There were 4,694 jobless people in the town last month compared to 4,550 in September – an extra 144 claimants.
Out of that, 1,556 were women, and 3,138 were men.
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This means that 8.1 per cent of people in Hartlepool are jobless, compared to 5.5 per cent for the whole of the North-East and 3.8 per cent nationally.
Hartlepool MP Mr Wright said the town is being given a “raw deal” with Government cuts and this is impacting on the town’s economy and ultimately its unemployment numbers.
He told the Mail: “I think these figures are really bad news for the town.
“They have increased month on month and year on year.
“People who want to work and who are looking for a job are paying the price of the Government’s failed economic policy.
“Hartlepool Borough Council is one of the hardest hit anywhere in the country in terms of cuts equivalent to over £200 per person.
“You can’t take so much money out of an economy through council cuts and not expect it to impact in the private sector and impact on jobs.”
He added: “I fear it’s going to get a lot worse because when cuts are made quickly, money is taken out of the economy, people don’t have the money to spend in shops for example, and shops can’t take on extra workers.
“It’s a spiral of decline.”
The figures released by the Department of Work and Pensions also revealed that Easington recorded a rise in unemployment, with 3,929 people on the dole in October, compared to 3,893 the previous month – a 0.9 per cent hike.
That means 6.4 per cent of the Easington population was unemployed, with 2,631 men and 1,298 women out of work.
Sedgefield’s jobless figures rose by 1.2 per cent, with 3,177 unemployed claimants last month, compared to 3,139 in September.