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Concern as Unemployment Hits 17 Year High

Delyn MP David Hanson has expressed is real concern at the latest rise in unemployment across the UK.

UK unemployment rose by 27,000 in the three months to the end of January to 2.53 million, the highest since 1994.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said the jobless rate was now 8%, the highest since 1996.

David Hanson said:

“These latest unemployment figures are deeply concerning. This Government has taken away a lot of employment support particularly for young people through the Future Jobs Fund.

“When Labour-left office last year the economy was growing and unemployment was falling. Now the economy has stalled and unemployment is on the rise.

“Inflicting all this pain in this way is a political choice by the Conservative-led government. They are cutting the deficit too deep and too fast – faster than any other major economy in the world. And they’re doing it in an unfair way by hitting families with children the hardest while giving the banks a tax cut this year.”