More than 8 per cent of people aged 16 to 64 are unemployed in Dagenham and Rainham
That is 3,290 more than the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance or universal credit in March 2020 before the first UK lockdown began.
Jon Cruddas said he will work with the local authority and other organisations to ensure support is provided to help people get back on their feet.
“We are on the cusp of huge investment into the area with work starting on the film studios at Dagenham East by the end of this year, and London’s three historic markets being up and running by 2027 at Dagenham Dock,” said Cruddas.
“These projects will bring thousands of skilled local jobs, training, and education opportunities for local people.”
The statistics show 8.6 per cent of people between 16 and 64-years-old are currently unemployed in the area. That is significantly higher than the UK average of 5.4 per cent.
There were 40 more claimants in July than June suggesting the problem is still growing as well.
Cruddas believes the statistics may look worse because the government made universal credit more accessible during the Covid pandemic.
He thinks it could have “increased the number of employed people who are eligible for unemployment-related benefits”.
“The claimant count never gives a truly accurate picture of unemployment, but it is clear there is a fallout from the pandemic,” added Cruddas.
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