Grayling points to work programme as solution to unemployment rates
- Published on Wednesday, 17 August 2011 11:51
- Posted by Scott Buckler
The Government must remain focused on supporting the economy and driving growth in the private sector, Employment Minister Chris Grayling said today
New figures published by the Office for National Statistics today, show a rise in unemployment (ILO measure) to 2.49 million. The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has also seen a rise of 37,000 to 1.56 million underlining that there are still challenges in the labour market. The number of people in employment has increased by 25,000 to 29.27 million indicating that more people have moved into the labour market this quarter.
Ministers are concerned about a rise in unemployment, which is why today they are announcing the location of eleven new Enterprise Zones, designed to boost local growth and create over 30,000 new jobs by 2015. Today’s employment figures are not a surprise after the fall in economic growth in the last quarter which was caused largely, according to the Office for National Statistics, by a series of one-off factors such as the Japanese earthquake and the royal wedding.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said:
"These are disappointing figures but we always said that the road to recovery would be choppy. Clearly this has been a difficult few months with a range of one-off factors and a slowdown in the world economy having an impact on the UK. This is why is we are focused on taking steps to increase growth, support the economy and encourage businesses to invest and create jobs.
“For people who lose their jobs, our new Work Programme is now up and running and will offer jobseekers flexible support tailored to their needs to help them into employment."