Despite a decrease in the headline unemployment figure the latest jobs data offers little hope for those kicked onto the dole queue by the Tory cuts.
The latest figures, released on Wednesday, show that public sector employment now stands at 5.9 million down from a peak of over 6.3 million in 2009 – over 400,000 public sector jobs have been wiped out by the cuts. Had they not been cut these jobs would be enough to employ almost 1 in 6 of the 2.61million people currently trapped in unemployment.
Long term youth unemployment continued it’s inexorable climb and total youth unemployment remains above 1million.
The Guardian highlighted the tragic consequences of unemployment, publishing an internal DWP memo that reveals knowledge of vulnerable benefits claimants taking their own lives in despair.
Despite this the government’s refusal to take the jobs crisis seriously is absolutely clear in their continued commitment to failed policies – humiliating workfare schemes that do nothing to get people into work, and the ridiculous ‘Plan A’ – giving billions of pounds to the banks and hoping for the best.
That is why it is vital that we smash workfare and keep up the fight for every job – at Coryton, Remploy and everywhere else that the cuts threaten our livelihoods.