What is happening with employment and unemployment in Ipswich?
Across the country, that the number of people in work is at a record high. Here in the East of England, employment is up 341,000.
But the claimant count in Ipswich has been going up ever since Sandy Martin replaced Ben Gummer as our MP.
5 years ago, the claimant count was 2515, in June 2017 it was 1745; now it is 1910.
Down the road in Will Quince’s Conservative Colchester, the equivalent figures are 1830, 1380 and 1395.
For young people under 24, the figures had reduced from 550 to 285 but now it is up to 360. In Colchester, the figures are 450, 300 and 265.
Whilst some of the increases in claimant count is the result of the roll-out of Universal Credit, which does not reflect a deterioration of the local labour market, the ONS says we must treat some of the increase with caution.
But having said that, what is clear is that since Ipswich opted for a Labour MP, more people are now having to claim unemployment benefits. This is so disappointing after all the hard work which Ben Gummer put into improving the prospects for people and now young people especially are being affected.
Whilst we cannot blame Mr Martin directly, what I would suggest is that since he was elected, there is less confidence in Ipswich businesses. The Labour party are happy with this state of affairs as more people having to claim universal credit or other benefits, fulfils their self-fulfilling message of economic doom and gloom.
However despite Labour’s best efforts, it’s not all bad news and the total number of people employed in Ipswich rose from 65,700 in 2014 to 67,300 now, so more people are earning a living. Colchester was 84,500 5 years ago, it now has 96,200 people working, an incredible increase with an ongoing Conservative MP.
Here in Ipswich, we do have a lot of low paid workers, as it is known as a source of cheap labour for East Anglia. Hundreds of people are sent out on buses every day to Cambridgeshire to do menial jobs.
So to conclude, Ipswich with a Labour run council and now a Labour MP is being left behind the pack in East Anglia. Whereas across so many other areas across the region and country, we are able to celebrate the annual increase in employment of 388,000 and unemployment down 84,000, things are not going completely to plan in this town.
What we need in Ipswich are more Conservative councillors to be elected to the Borough Council. Conservatives have a natural instinct to run organisations effectively and efficiently, and we can help build back the confidence and vision into Ipswich businesses that this town is the ideal place to invest and grow businesses, and excellently placed to take advantage of the promising new opportunities of a globally trading United Kingdom outside the EU. Let’s develop and grow well paid jobs for our people here in Ipswich.
All data sourced from https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/