The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the constituency in January 2019 is higher than it was in the previous month, and at 7.4% is in stark contrast to the equivalent UK rate of 3.1%.

Highlighting the increase, and the contrast between national and local figures, Emma said:

“This is yet again another disappointing increase in the claimant rate and unemployment in Wolverhampton. The government isn’t helping those areas where unemployment is higher than the national average and where it is increasing.

“While the government boast about the national figure, many people in my constituency are struggling. The government is clearly failing to focus help where it is needed most. I am calling on them to take urgent action and for the Chancellor to announce measures to tackle this in his Spring Statement.”