Dagenham & Rainham has seen an increase in employment in the past month – is this a glimmer of light at the end of the tunnel?

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham & Rainham

The Office of National Statistics highlights that the number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham in April 2012 was 3,642. This represents a rate of 8.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 114th highest of the 650 UK constituencies.

Moving into May we have seen a decrease in unemployment with 64 less claimants than in March 2012. However there is still a long way to go with 236 more claimants than in April 2011. This puts Dagenham & Rainham at the higher end of the unemployment table which is just unacceptable.

Here is a brief summary of the national statistics:

-The unemployment rate on a wider scale was 8.2 per cent of the economically active population, down 0.2 on the quarter.

- There were 2.63 million unemployed people, down 45,000 on the quarter.

- Youth unemployment made up 707,000 of this number and was also down 24,000 from the months leading up to December 2011.

Although progress is being made, Jon Cruddas believes more can be done to increase employment. With the recent Remploy closures, Jon argues that this Tory-Led Governments cuts are putting the breaks on economical progress.

The recent statistics are very positive and show growth within the constituency. But this growth could be massively aided by the Government – The Coalition should be backing industry in less privileged areas not bringing it to a halt. Jon argues that "The government is talking about the Big Society but on the other hand they're closing down factories" which is counterproductive to the cause.

Things are on the up

This rise in employment and step towards ending recession is set to be boosted in the summer of 2013 with the opening of a new Tesco depot near Dagenham. The project that was due to be up and running by August was postponed but is on course to create up to 1,200 new jobs for people in the borough. Jon has stated that "The key is to ensure that it is jobs for local people and these 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 Barking and Dagenham residents."