Figures fall for the unemployed in Bradford district but number for those under 25 goes up

Unemployment levels have dropped slightly in Bradford, but youth unemployment is up, according to new figures.

And the number of people out of work still remains at a “scandalous” level, according to Bradford Chamber of Commerce.

Mike Cartwright, the chamber’s policy executive, said: “Any reduction in unemployment figures is welcome.

“One person not developing themselves and contributing to our future is a waste, but high volumes of inactivity like this is scandalous.

“A reduction like this at a time when recruitment in many firms is limited is therefore good news.”

The number of jobless people in the district fell slightly last month, from 19,762 in September to 19,478 in October.

But the number of people under 25 without a job rose slightly, from 1,105 to 1,125.

Nationwide, unemployment fell to its lowest total for more than a year.

Local MPs cautiously welcomed the drop – but said there was no room for complacency.

Phil Davies, Conservative MP for Shipley, said: “Obviously, I’m delighted unemployment has come down. That’s good news for everybody. There’s still a long way to go. Obviously, the economy is still not in great shape so there still may be some ups and downs.”

He said in his constituency, the number of jobless people had fallen by 51. He said: “For those 51 people who were out of a job and are now in work, that’s fantastic news.

“We have just got to keep hoping unemployment figures continue downward.”

David Ward, Lib Dem MP for Bradford East, said: “It’s good news but there’s a long way to go.”

He said he hoped the numbers would fall further in the lead-up to Christmas.

Gerry Sutcliffe, Labour MP for Bradford South, said: “Any fall in unemployment is welcome, but sometimes the reduction is because of people going into part-time work, rather than full-time work.

“I cautiously welcome the reduction but I’m concerned about youth unemployment.”

Kris Hopkins, Conservative MP for Keighley and Ilkley, said: “It is certainly good news unemployment has fallen again in Keighley and Ilkley in the last month.

But George Galloway, Respect MP for Bradford West, said the fall in unemployment was negligible.

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12:31pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

What IS a "scandal" is the way that the unemployed are treated by the Government and media, branded as 'scroungers' and used as a scapegaot for failing policies in a failed system. There can be no suchthing as full employment in a Capitalist system. capital;ism itslef relies upon unemployment in order to function.

It is also a "scandal" that unemployed people are now being forced to do unpaid work in exchange for the State Benefits to which they are already rightfully entitled. It is scandalous that people are being threatened and exploited in this way. It is scandalous that young people are being forced to work for a pittance under the guise of a so-called "apprenticeship", whilst others have been made redundant. It is a scandal that people are expected to work for Minimum Wage whilst industry bosses get huge pay increases. It is a scandal that the government are chucking millions at their mates whilst persecuting the poor and most vulnerable.
What IS a "scandal" is the way that the unemployed are treated by the Government and media, branded as 'scroungers' and used as a scapegaot for failing policies in a failed system. There can be no suchthing as full employment in a Capitalist system. capital;ism itslef relies upon unemployment in order to function. It is also a "scandal" that unemployed people are now being forced to do unpaid work in exchange for the State Benefits to which they are already rightfully entitled. It is scandalous that people are being threatened and exploited in this way. It is scandalous that young people are being forced to work for a pittance under the guise of a so-called "apprenticeship", whilst others have been made redundant. It is a scandal that people are expected to work for Minimum Wage whilst industry bosses get huge pay increases. It is a scandal that the government are chucking millions at their mates whilst persecuting the poor and most vulnerable. Another Landless Peasant

1:43pm Thu 15 Nov 12

collos25 says...

Why do the MPs not really do a bit of homework before they answer questions.
Real unemployment has not dropped but has in fact increased.People will take part time work at any price as this government takes away more and more benefits the young unemployed and the old age pensioners are paying a very high price for rich capitalists who will rob the poor to make more money and a government so hand in glove with them.Just look at the energy suppliers they control market and the price which we pay they could more than half the price and still make extremely good profits.
Why do the MPs not really do a bit of homework before they answer questions. Real unemployment has not dropped but has in fact increased.People will take part time work at any price as this government takes away more and more benefits the young unemployed and the old age pensioners are paying a very high price for rich capitalists who will rob the poor to make more money and a government so hand in glove with them.Just look at the energy suppliers they control market and the price which we pay they could more than half the price and still make extremely good profits. collos25

3:09pm Thu 15 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

NATIONALIZE ALL POWER COMPANIES.
NATIONALIZE ALL POWER COMPANIES. Another Landless Peasant

3:20pm Thu 15 Nov 12

collos25 says...

Surely you Re-nationalize.
I agree and so does the majority of the European population but all the governments are scared to stand up to business because there are too many backhanders.
Surely you Re-nationalize. I agree and so does the majority of the European population but all the governments are scared to stand up to business because there are too many backhanders. collos25

6:14pm Thu 15 Nov 12

busy mummy says...

You could sit and argue the point all the live long day, but at the end of it, its what your votes (or not) condone!! Get in there and on the politic, or sit home and wait for some other silly arse to put their neck on the block. Either way, your school playground **** on here, same as pub talk etc is invalid unless you get off your **** and vote, and if you feel so strongly, put up as a candidate. All the rest is just p##s and wind.
You could sit and argue the point all the live long day, but at the end of it, its what your votes (or not) condone!! Get in there and on the politic, or sit home and wait for some other silly arse to put their neck on the block. Either way, your school playground **** on here, same as pub talk etc is invalid unless you get off your **** and vote, and if you feel so strongly, put up as a candidate. All the rest is just p##s and wind. busy mummy

12:08am Fri 16 Nov 12

Another Landless Peasant says...

“For those 51 people who were out of a job and are now in work, that’s fantastic news."

Really? That's quite an assumption. How many of those 51 were bullied into applying for minimum wage jobs under threat of having their dole stopped? How many of those are in sustainable employment? and how many are temporary?
“For those 51 people who were out of a job and are now in work, that’s fantastic news." Really? That's quite an assumption. How many of those 51 were bullied into applying for minimum wage jobs under threat of having their dole stopped? How many of those are in sustainable employment? and how many are temporary? Another Landless Peasant

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