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Unemployment in Barking and Dagenham fallen every month since February

PUBLISHED: 14:23 17 September 2012

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

Dagenham and Rainham MP Jon Cruddas

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Unemployment has dropped in Barking and Dagenham, with figures showing that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen every month since February.

A total of 6,791 people claimed the unemployment benefit in August - 152 less than in July and 776 fewer than in February.

Last month’s figure, released by the Office for National Statistics, is 0.7 per cent down on the same time last year.

Dagenham and Rainham MP, Jon Cruddas, said it was very positive to see a steady decrease in claimants, but added: “More work needs to be done as we are still at the higher end of the unemployment table, which is just unacceptable.”

Mr Cruddas did, however, say the employment rate was set to be boosted next summer with the opening of a new Tesco depot at Beam Reach in Dagenham.

The project, which was due to be up and running by August this year but was postponed, should create around 1,200 jobs for people in the borough.

He added: “With the Sanofi Aventis site moving forwards we can expect many more jobs there as well. The key is to ensure that it is jobs for local people and these discussions are still going on to ensure maximum benefits in the community – we are hopefully looking at thousands of local jobs in the next year or two for local residents.”


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