Bury North MP James Frith has expressed concern over rising unemployment in Bury as figures show four months of continued growth in the number of people claiming unemployment benefits in Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom.

According to the latest figures for April 2018 from the House of Commons Library, the number of unemployed claimants in Bury North has increased by 5% since April 2017 and by 13% since January 2018.

A total of 1,535 people in Bury North were claiming unemployment benefits in April 2018, 3.6% of the economically active population. The UK claimant rate is only 2.9%.

James said:

“The slow growth in the numbers of local people claiming unemployment benefits should ring alarm bells. The government needs to do much more to promote growth and create jobs by providing businesses with some certainty over Brexit, investing in skills and investing in digital and physical infrastructure in towns like Bury to stimulate our local economy. I am committed to securing more and better jobs for the people of Bury, Tottington and Ramsbottom and will continue to work hard to press the government on these issues.”

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