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Teresa Pearce criticises Erith and Thamesmead unemployment figures

PUBLISHED: 15:34 18 April 2013 | UPDATED: 15:39 18 April 2013

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce

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Erith and Thamesmead MP Teresa Pearce has criticised the government after official figures showed long-term unemployment in her constituency has risen by more than a quarter in the last year.

Figures released yesterday (April 17) by the Office for National Statistics showed long-term unemployment has risen by 29 per cent, with the overall figure rising by 23 per cent in Erith and Thamesmead.

Ms Pearce said: “These are big increases in the numbers of local people who have been unemployed for a long time. It is getting clearer by the day that this Government is letting down our area.

“Unfortunately this is a familiar picture across the UK - seventy thousand more people are now on the dole than last month and youth unemployment has risen by 20,000.

“We need urgent action, starting with Labour’s compulsory jobs guarantee to get anyone out of work for more than two years back into a job. I don’t want to see a whole generation condemned to long term unemployment.”

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