Labour Market Statistics headlines

From last weeks’ Labour Market Statistics

• Between August and October 2014 there were 1.96 million unemployed people.
• This was 63,000 fewer than the previous quarter, the smallest quarterly fall since July to September 2013.
• Unemployment has fallen by 455,000 compared to a year ago.
• The unemployment rate was 6.0%. This is a fall from 6.2% on the previous quarter and a fall from 7.4% a year ago.

Total employment
• Between August and October 2014 there were 30.80 million people in work.
• This was 115,000 more than for May to July 2014 and 588,000 more than for a year earlier.

Claimant count
• In November 2014 there were 900,100 people claiming JSA.
• This is a fall of 26,900 on the previous month and a fall of 368,000 on the previous year.

Youth unemployment
• This currently stands at 754,000.
• The youth unemployment rate is 16.6% – this was unchanged from May to July 2014 and down from 20.7% for a year earlier

Women’s unemployment
• This currently stands at 866,000
• This is a fall of 31,000 on the quarter and a fall of 192,000 on the year

Part-time workers who can’t find a full time job
• This currently stands at 1.139 million.
• This is a fall of 21,000 on the quarter and a fall of 148,000 on the year.

• Comparing August to October 2014 with a year earlier, pay for employees in Great Britain increased by 1.4% including bonuses and by 1.6% excluding bonuses.
• Looking just at the single month change (i.e. October 2013 to October 2014) total pay (including bonuses) grew by 1.8% and regular pay (excluding bonuses) grew by 1.8% as well.

Long-term ILO unemployment (12 months +)
• This currently stands at 684,000
• This is a fall of 40,000 on the quarter and a fall of 191,000 on the year.

Long-term ILO unemployment (24 months +)
• This currently stands at 376,000
• This is a fall of 23,000 on the quarter and a fall of 70,000 on the year.

Long-term youth unemployment (ILO, 12 months +)
• This currently stands at 213,000
• This is a rise of 15,000 on the quarter but a fall of 59,000 on the year

Long-term claimant count (24 months +)
• This currently stands at 149,400
• This is a fall of 4,000 on the month and a fall of 49,900 on the year.

Long-term youth claimant count (12 months +)
• This currently stands at 31,400
• This is a fall of 2,100 on the year and a fall of 29,500 on the year.
• Since May 2010 this figure has increased by 11%.


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Supporting small businesses in Southend West today

Small and independent businesses in Southend West make a vital contribution to our community, add to the character of the town and are a source of local jobs.

That is why we have got to get behind our local shops and firms as part of this year’s Small Business Saturday.

The idea of ‘Small Business Saturday’ comes from the USA. At the start of last year Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Business Secretary, called for the UK to hold the first ever Small Business Saturday. Labour brought a coalition of businesses organisations together to make it happen and so it began. Small Business Saturday is a grass-roots campaign that encourages people to shop locally and support small and independent businesses in the local community.

SBS was a massive success in 2013 driving more trade to small business (nearly £500m). More than 50 business organisations supported the campaign, 40% of councils, many Labour, and a huge number of Labour MPs and PPCs took part. Hundreds of events across the UK took place. It was the biggest celebration of small business the UK has seen – Labour helped make it happen.

It is non-commercial for corporates and bigger companies. They are supporting by, for example, using their networks to promote small businesses and the day. It is non-party political. Labour started the campaign but it has attracted support from all parties. Vince Cable and David Cameron have given their support as have councils from all parties.

Small Business Saturday enables us to put centre stage the great work that small businesses do. In Britain we don’t quite have the entrepreneurial story that they have in the USA, but we want to change this and Small Business Saturday will help.

Let’s back our small businesses today.

Sustainable aviation

Another leaflet I picked up in the recent past was produced by an organisation called Sustainable Aviation. The leaflet talked about cleaner, quieter and smarter aviation. The claims are that they can deliver growth in UK aviation to 2050 whilst taking net CO2 50% lower than 2005, they can achieve quieter skies than 2010 despite increased air traffic, and that sustainable fuels have the potential to contribute £480 million to the UK economy in 2030.

Fuel poverty in Essex

Here is a table showing fuel poverty figures for all eighteen constituencies in Essex

Parliamentary Constituency Estimated number of Fuel Poor Households Proportion of households fuel poor (%) Ranking
Rochford and Southend East 4097 9.7 279
Saffron Walden 3694 9.2 306
Harwich and North Essex 3362 8.9 336
Colchester 3845 8.6 353
Southend West 3229 8.6 355
Braintree 3315 8.3 372
Clacton 3237 8.3 373
Epping Forest 3167 8.1 393
Brentwood and Ongar 3058 8.0 408
Thurrock 3410 7.5 446
Witham 2728 7.5 447
Maldon 2623 7.2 472
Chelmsford 3097 7.1 467
South Basildon and East Thurrock 2637 6.8 491
Castle Point 2368 6.6 502
Harlow 2515 6.5 509
Basildon and Billericay 2286 6.2 518
Rayleigh and Wickford 2252 5.8 525
  • Data from Statistics on Fuel poverty at Constituency level are available from DECC for England.
  • Ranking is for England only.
  • Birmingham Hodge Hill is ranked 1st for fuel poverty at 26.6% of households.
  • Bracknell is ranked 533rd, with 5.1% of homes estimated as fuel poor.

Latest jobs figures shows the Government is letting down our area

“The number of long term (over 12 months) unemployed in Southend West stands at 205, and whilst this is down on last year (in 2013 there were 375) it is still too high for my liking” said the Labour Candidate, Julian Ware-Lane.

Julian added: “There are also 30 young people that have been out of work for a year or more. This government is not doing enough. I have personal experience of the damage that long-term unemployment can do, and I would hope that we would see a Government straining every sinew to do something about it.”

“We urgently need action to get local people into work. This is why Labour is calling for a compulsory jobs guarantee, which will get any adult out of work for more than two years, or young person out of work for a year, into a job – one they would be required to take. Southend West can’t wait any longer for action. Ministers should start helping now before they condemn many to a life of joblessness.”

Rachel Reeves MP, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, responding to the recent Labour Market Statistics, said: “The fall in overall unemployment is welcome, but after four years when prices have risen faster than wages there is a huge amount of lost ground to catch up. Working people are now over £1,600 a year worse off than when David Cameron came to office, most people are not feeling any recovery and the link between the wealth of the nation and family finances remains broken.

“The Government has failed to tackle low pay and as the OBR has said, stagnant wages and too many low-paid jobs are leading to rising borrowing.

“A Labour government will make work pay and tackle the cost-of-living crisis by raising the National Minimum Wage to £8 an hour, bringing in Make Work Pay contracts to ensure more people are paid a Living Wage, getting more homes built and extending free childcare provision. And we will get the next generation into work with a Compulsory Jobs Guarantee.

“Making work pay is an important part of Labour’s economic plan to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and earn our way to higher living standards for all.”

Julian Ware-Lane Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southend West supports Labour’s pledge to end cold homes

Today Julian Ware-Lane, Labour’s Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Southend West vowed their support to end the scandal of cold homes.

Labour’s pledge, to make at least five million homes more energy efficiency, follows last year’s commitment to freeze energy prices up to 2017 while reforming the energy market.

Julian Ware-Lane, candidate, said, “Energy bills have increased by a staggering £300 in the past four years. Investing in energy efficiency is the best way to keep bills down and to lift people out of fuel poverty. In Southend West, there are currently 3229 living in fuel poverty – this scandal has to stop.

“Our commitment, to help low income and fuel poor families, across Southend West will save households on average, an estimated £270. This simply won’t happen with David Amess as MP for 5 more years.”

Under a Labour Government, at least five million homes will be made more energy efficient over the next 10 years – cutting heat loss and bills for low income families. Labour will also provide half a million personalised home energy reports a year as well as offering up to one million interest-free loans to cover the costs of energy efficiency during the next Parliament.

Labour’s shadow Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, Rt. Hon Caroline Flint MP said, “Millions of households are struggling with a cost-of-living crisis in Britain with many on low incomes or in fuel poverty struggling to heat their homes because of David Cameron’s failure to stand up to the energy companies.

“The best way to help households manage their energy bills is to invest in energy efficiency. That’s why the next Labour Government has committed to insulating at least five million homes over the next ten years, saving people on average around £270 of their bill.”


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