Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has responded to the latest unemployment figures for Wolverhampton and the UK, published today. While unemployment fell nationally, it has risen in Wolverhampton North East. Emma condemned the failure of the Conservative government to tackle unemployment in Wolverhampton and said:

“Here in my constituency, long term unemployment and youth unemployment have both increased in the past three months and are higher than in January 2016. Although unemployment is falling nationally, in Wolverhampton North East the government is failing to help people get back into work. That is bad for those individuals who are looking to work and it is not good for our local neighbourhoods.

“Last month I asked the government what targeted steps it was taking to help people in Wolverhampton North East back into work. The government was unable to say how much it had spent to help people find work and unable to list what targeted action it has taken. This is simply not good enough.

“While I welcome the overall national fall in unemployment, this Tory government is clearly failing to create jobs and growth equally across the country.”

March 2017