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Ipswich: Gummer hails unemployment fall – but Labour warns squeeze continues

PUBLISHED: 15:11 16 April 2014

Ben Gummer.

Ben Gummer.

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A dramatic fall in the number of unemployed people in Ipswich has been welcomed by the town’s Conservative MP.

However his Labour opponent warned that while the drop in unemployment should be welcomed, families were still facing a squeeze as wages continued to lag behind inflation.
The number of Job Seeker Allowance claimants in Ipswich fell to 3,051 in March – a drop of 90 on February’s figure and a fall of 879 since March last year.

Mr Gummer said the figure was the lowest since November 2008, and showed that the government’s economic policy was working.

He said it was particularly pleasing that more people were finding that it was better to work than to see living on benefits as a lifestyle choice.

He added: “These figures show that we are making progress, and they are real jobs being filled which is very good for the town and the region in general.”

However Labour challenger David Ellesmere was not sure the news was so good for economy as a whole.

He said: “Clearly it is good news that fewer people are having to claim job seekers’ allowance and that more have jobs.

“However you have to look at the kind of jobs people are doing, and what they are earning in those jobs. The cost of living crisis still has people in its grip – the average family is now £1,600 a year worse off than when this government came into power.”

Across Suffolk the number of people claiming job seekers’ allowance in March as 9,244, a fall of 466 on last month and a fall of 3,991 on March 2013.

7 comments

  • David, think up something for yourself, that's Ed Balls comments, have you actually forgotten what you're Party did to this Country ? The worst economic disaster ever, are you proud that the Labour Party do this every time they get into power?

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    True blue

    Thursday, April 17, 2014

  • One reason why JSA claimant figures have decreased in the Ipswich area are because sanctions are running at such a high rate (over twice the level of sanctions in Colchester). Pushing many people into poverty and needing to use foodbanks, but hey lets not get in the way of a good story?

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    R2D2

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Steady on Ben the man you will be exhausted by the time the election comes next year, or is it the nice weather that has bought you out of your den for the second time this year. It's not the euro elections in May that have caused you to do some work!!

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    a west

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • A quick search around the government 'universal job match' will reveal that ther ARE jobs in Ipswich. HOWEVER, most are either specialist - eg, automotive technician, mig welder, or are call centre ( sales) care and a small amount of retail work, severly limiting the opportunities for people with say, general office skills or other such work which should be easy to get.

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    Sentinel Red

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • they can change figures around when they like [show us the proof ] fredjag you most likely look like gummer.

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    TERENCE MANNING

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Freedomf: Much better for them to stay at home watching SKY paid for by me working every day. Carry on David and lets hope nobody forgets how Labour ran the country into the ground come election day next year

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    fredjag

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  • Forcing unemployed people into low paid, £6.50 per hour jobs, no contract, part time, casual hours, when some have degrees etc., can hardly be called a success !!

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    freedomf

    Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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