The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in September 2012 was 3,452. This represents a rate of 7.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 123rd highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.) The number of claimants is 217 lower than in September 2011 and 73 higher than in August 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 0.2% 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. Although not as high as July we are still at the higher end of the table for constituencies unemployment data.

Jon Cruddas has described this rise as “unacceptable”. With the recent deal to build a Sainsbury’s superstore on the Sanofi Aventis site and the previous deal to build a Tesco depot near Dagenham, the figures are set for a boost. However these developments are still too far off being set for the summer of 2013.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham

With regard to the new superstores Jon Cruddas added: “Now more than ever the key is to ensure that it is jobs for local people and 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.”