The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in November 2012 was 3,537.

This represents a rate of 8.0% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 110th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.) The number of claimants is 155 lower than in November 2011 and 36 higher than in October 2012. These data are not seasonally adjusted.

Employment may be on the rise nationwide but unfortunately here in Dagenham and Rainham the numbers tell a different story, over the past month there has been a 0.1% increase in the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance. This is disappointing news as over the last year the number of unemployed claimants had been steadily decreasing in the area. This is the highest rate of unemployment seen in Dagenham and Rainham since May 2012 when the area ranked 115th highest on the unemployment table of the 650 constituencies.

With the recent decision to cut jobs at Dagenham Ford which will come into effect next summer Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham is "urging the Ford Motor Company to enter into similar discussions to those currently underway with Sanofi Aventis to ensure that the Stamping & Tooling Operations site is decommissioned with limited detrimental impact to the local area, with an eye of future regenerative potentials."

Jon Cruddas recently met with the Chairman of Ford Britain and commented: "I will be having further meetings with the executives over the future of the land, support and re-deployment for the workers, and ultimately I will be doing everything in my power to make sure that the job losses do not damage job opportunities for young people in future generations."

This month saw the much anticipated opening of a new Premier Inn and Brewers Fayre at
New Road
in Dagenham; this created around 80 new jobs in the area and will help to ensure that levels of local employment will rise in the run up to Christmas. Also the recent deal to build a Sainsbury's superstore on the Sanofi Aventis site and a deal prior to that to build a Tesco depot near Dagenham, are set to help the figures stabilise in 2013.

Local MP Jon Cruddas says "the key to ensuring this is to make sure that it is jobs for local people. The 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."