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Teesside Labour representatives call for ‘urgent action’ to tackle women’s jobs crisis

Two Teesside Labour representatives have called for urgent action to be taken following figures released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) that showed huge increases in long-term unemployment amongst women in the area.

Shocking ONS statistics show that since the Tory-Lib Dem Coalition formed in May 2010, in Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland long-term unemployment amongst women has increased by 76%, whilst Redcar the figure is frighteningly almost double that at 136%.

The call for action came from Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP Tom Blenkinsop and Redcar’s Labour Parliamentary candidate Anna Turley.

Tom said:
“These figures should be a huge concern for everyone. They are clear sign that more proactive approach needs to be taken to ensure that women on Teesside are afforded the same opportunities as their male counterparts where unemployment figures are nowhere near as stark.

“Cuts to the public sector and in particular local government and the NHS have had a huge impact on female unemployment because women make up two-thirds of the jobs in the public sector.”

Anna said:
“It’s a very serious issue and I have previously been in touch with the Local Enterprise Partnership to see what action they have taken to tackle the issue. However, that process is far too long and there is a serious risk that all of the talent and skills these women possess will just go to waste.

“It is particularly disappointing that, compared to the national average, women here in Redcar are finding it so much harder to find work. Any talk of growth from this Tory-Lib Dem Government is not the reality for people here in Redcar, particularly if you are a woman.

“A 136% increase in long-term unemployment is a shocking figure by anyone’s standards and it is clear that, under this Coalition Government, women in Redcar are bearing the brunt of their economic policies. Only Labour is serious about tackling the scandal of long-term unemployment and providing secure work and wages for local people.”

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