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Unemployment jumps across the North West, says TUC
1:07pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
UNEMPLOYMENT across the North West has risen again, new figures today reveal.
The TUC said in a statement that the Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed that the number out of work in the region has risen by 24,000.
It says this means 294,000 (8.6%) people are now out of work. The TUC says this is an increase of 2,000 and comes despite a fall nationally in unemployment.
Lynn Collins, NW TUC Regional Secretary, said: “The North West is feeling the effects of the government’s austerity agenda.
"It’s clear proof that more needs to be done and that the government’s plans just aren’t working. Despite cutting public sector jobs and the slow growing economy that isn’t creating the jobs the government predicted, the coalition seems to have run out of ideas.
"We need an alternative economic model that delivers good sustainable jobs and we need a jobs guarantee for every unemployed young person.
"A rise in unemployment comes on top of a cost of living crisis, with rising costs alongside real term wage cuts and an increase in the use of food banks and pay day lenders. It’s difficult for anyone to claim that this is working for people in the North West.”
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