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Jobless figures on rise across county

By The Citizen  |  Posted: February 21, 2013

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UNEMPLOYMENT in Gloucestershire rose last month by 481 to a total 10,312.

The jobless total was up in all six districts and the county's unemployment rate is now 2.7 per cent.

The unemployment figures district by district by district are: Cheltenham 2,429 (up 109), Cotswold 759 (up 67), Forest of Dean 1,331 (up 38), Gloucester 3,202 (up 147), Stroud 1,477 (up 29) and Tewkesbury 1,113 (up 91).

Nationally, the jobless total fell by 14,000 to 2.5 million.

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  • CitizenV  |  February 23 2013, 12:48PM

    When I was younger the Government was desperate to keep unemployment under 1 million as it was seen as an embarrasment and a failure. To keep unemployment under the 1 million mark was THE most important policy. Many years later the Government couldn't care less about unemployment and see it as another statistic. Guess what - it's still an embarrasment, and ignoring it or sweeping it under the table won't make it disappear. The Government is so desperate to deflect criticism on the matter that they demonize many unemployed as workshy and cheats, when it truth there just isn't any decent jobs out in the workplace. The Government has come out with the term "benefit thieves". Well why don't we label those MPs who fiddled the taxpayer "expenses thieves". If you ask any honest decent person which is the biggest crook - a mother earning a few pounds on the side doing a bit of cleaning or cooking to put food on the table for the family; or an MP, rich in their own right, who gets the taxpayer to pay for their little luxuries - I think we all know what the answer would be. Also much is being made about the "bedroom tax" on social housing. What about the other taxpayer subsidised housing, i.e. MPs second homes. Maybe their allowance should be cut if their second homes have empty rooms. Yeah, some chance.

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  • SELINA30  |  February 21 2013, 11:59AM

    So nationally unemployment has gone down but locally it has gone up. Should we not have a quote from Paul James, Richard Graham or Ian Mean telling us that Gloucester is bucking the national trend?

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