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Coventry’s JSA claimant count remains above the national average

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.    

Bob said:

“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.”

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Number of 16-24 years olds claiming JSA for a year or more in Coventry skyrockets

Bob Ainsworth has uncovered worrying statistics which show that the number of 16 to 24 years olds in Coventry who have been claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) for 12 months or more skyrocketed over the last year.

The figures, which emerged in response to a parliamentary question asked by Bob, show that the number of 16-24 year olds who were claiming JSA for 12 months or more in Coventry North East constituent increased from 45 in May 2011 to 180 in May 2012, a 300% increase in just one year.  In Coventry as a whole the number jumped from 115 in May 2011 to 405 in May 2012, a 250% increase.

These statistics come on top of figures released last month by the Office for National Statistics which showed that the proportion of the working population in Coventry claiming JSA stood at 4.8%, which was 0.9% higher than the national average. 

Bob said:

“Last month we were given the worrying news that the JSA claimant count in Coventry is persistently higher than the national average.  Now we learn that the long-term JSA claimant count amongst young people in our city has skyrocketed over the last year. 

“These figures are a wake-up call for the Tory-led Government and show they need to change course on the economy now. 

“The Government needs to take urgent action and implement a sustainable growth plan that targets support to areas, such as Coventry, where JSA claimant counts are high. 

“It is clear that we need to get people back to work and off benefits, or the scar of unemployment will do long term damage in our area.”

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JSA claimant count increases amongst young people in Coventry North East Constituency

The number of 16 to 24 years olds claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in Coventry North East Constituency increased in May 2012 (the latest date for which figures are available) compared with the same period in the previous year.

The figures, which were revealed in response to a parliamentary question asked by Bob, show that the number of 16 to 24 year olds claiming JSA in Coventry North East constituency increased from 1,185 in May 2011 to 1,210 in May 2012.  Over the same period the number of 16 to 24 years olds claiming JSA in the West Midlands and England increased also.

The following table shows the number of persons aged 16 to 24 resident in Coventry North East constituency, the West Midlands and England claiming jobseeker’s allowance:

As at May:     Coventry NE              West Midlands              England

2011                     1,185                         47,190                     341,710

2012                    1,210                         48,665                     371,625

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Coventry’s JSA Claimant Count still above the national average

Bob Ainsworth has welcomed the small drop in the Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) claimant count in Coventry, whilst calling upon the government to take action to tackle unemployment in Coventry, which is persistently higher than the UK-wide average.

Figure released on Wednesday 20June 2012 by the Office for National Statistics shows that in May 2012, the proportion of the working population in Coventry claiming JSA stood at 4.8%, a reduction of 0.2% from 5% at the same point last year. Despite this good news, the claimant count is still 0.9% higher than the national average. The variation between the UK-wide count and the Coventry count has fluctuated between 1.4% and 0.9% in the last year.

Bob said:

“The reduction in the claimant count is welcome news but the government needs to do more to tackle the problems that we face in Coventry and across the country. Unemployment among both men and women is persistently above the national average as is the number of people claiming JSA for more than 12 months.

“After the shambles of the government’s budget, the government needs to come up with a growth plan that targets support to areas, like Coventry, which have higher JSA claimant counts than the national average. A VAT cut for instance, which would bring down the price of fuel and put money back into the pockets of low earners, might be a good place to start.”

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