Emma Reynolds MP

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds has criticised the Government approach to unemployment, as new statistics have been released for the region.

Statistics released today (22 Jan) by the Office for National Statistics show employment rising 0.2 per cent across the UK between August 2018 and November 2018, but in the West Midlands the rate dropped 1.3 per cent – the only region to see a fall over this period. In Wolverhampton the employment rate in the year to September 2018 was the lowest in the West Midlands at 64.9 per cent.

Commenting on the figures, Emma said:

“The Government like to boast their employment strategy is working across the country. But the reality is that here in Wolverhampton we just do not see it. The national trend masks huge regional variations.

“While national employment has gone up very slightly, in the West Midlands employment has gone down – and here in Wolverhampton we have the lowest employment rate in the region. It is deeply concerning that the Government still has not tackled unemployment in our area.

“I will be following up with Ministers to ask why their strategy is not working here, what they are going to do to grow the economy equally across the country, and create jobs here in Wolverhampton.”