Bob Ainsworth has called upon the government to do more to tackle unemployment in Coventry, which is persistently higher than the UK-wide average, following the news of an increase in the Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimant count in Coventry in July.
Figures released on Wednesday 15 August 2012 by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that in July 2012, the proportion of the working population in Coventry claiming JSA stood at 4.8%, an increase of 0.1% from 4.7% in the previous month, with the overall JSA claimant count in Coventry increasing to 0.9% higher than the UK national average of 3.9%.
The ONS figures show that the JSA claimant count amongst men in Coventry was 1.1% higher than the national average in July, with 6.3% of the male working population in Coventry claiming JSA compared with 5.2% nationally. Similarly, the claimant count amongst women in Coventry was higher than the national average in July, with 3.2% claiming JSA in Coventry and 2.6% nationally.
According to the ONS figures the number of people in Coventry claiming JSA for more than 12 months was 0.3% higher than the national average in July; standing at 1.3% in Coventry and 1% nationally.
“The increase in the JSA claimant count in Coventry is very worrying indeed and it shows that the Government needs to do much more to tackle unemployment, particularly in areas like Coventry, where the JSA claimant count amongst both men and women is persistently higher than the national average.
“It is clear that the Government needs to come up with a credible plan for jobs and growth that targets support to areas like Coventry. They should be doing more to ensure that additional assistance is provided through back to work programmes to get people off benefits and into employment and to get the economy moving in the right direction.”