Grayling: growth remains the Government’s priority
- Published on Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:38
- Posted by Scott Buckler
New figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show a rise in unemployment (ILO measure) to 2.51 million signalling that the Government must continue with measures to stimulate the economy and encourage growth
While today’s figures are disappointing unemployment remains lower than it was six months ago. The latest estimates show that the overall numbers of people claiming out of work benefits have fallen over the past year indicating that Government's welfare reforms to get people off benefits are working.
The slowdown in the world economy and fragile financial markets across both Europe and North America is clearly having an impact on the UK economy. Ministers are confident that the private sector can continue to create jobs as it has done consistently over the last year.
The Government is determined to tackle youth unemployment, which is why Ministers have committed to increasing the number of adult apprenticeships by an extra 75,000 a year to give young people a head start in finding and keeping a job with a future.
Employment Minister Chris Grayling said:
"Today’s figures underline the scale of the challenge that we face particularly given slower growth across Europe and North America. Unemployment remains lower than it was six months ago but clearly we must continue to focus our efforts on supporting business growth and ensure that people who do lose their jobs have the best possible support to get back into employment."