Labour MPs in Nuneaton and
Coventry claim unemployment has tumbled since their party came to
power, with young people doing particularly well.
Nuneaton MP Bill Olner has
released figures showing that the number of people on benefit and
looking for work has fallen from 2,008 in May 1997 to 1,176 last
There has been a 76 per cent
drop in the equivalent figure of long-term unemployed for those who
fall into the New Deal programme.
The change means that
according to official figures there are just 49 people aged between 18
and 24 who have been out-of-work and claiming for six months or longer
Coventry South MP Jim
Cunningham said figures released by Employment Minister Tessa Jowell
showed that 3,140 young people and 2,215 long-term unemployed had
benefited from the New Deal in the city.
Mr Cunningham said:
“Arming young people with
the skills and the experience they need to enter the world of work
“By equipping them
properly, we are not only helping them, but the employers that take
Mr Olner added:
“A 41.4 per cent drop in
Nuneaton’s unemployment level under Labour is fantastic news and
proof that sound management of the economy and strong policies to
move people off welfare and into work are really making an impact.
now have a national record level of employment and the employment
rate in every region of the UK is above the European Union