The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in August 2012 was 3,379. This represents a rate of 7.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 139th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. The number of claimants is 237 lower than in August 2011 and 81 lower than in July 2012. These data are not seasonally adjusted.

It is very positive to see a steady decrease in claimants of 0.2% per month since the beginning of the year. This is great news for Dagenham and Rainham but there is still much work to be done. The percentage of claimants has dropped considerably since the start of the year, but Dagenham and Rainham is still in the top half out of 650 constituencies for unemployed claimants.

This is a positive improvement bringing us into September and its continuation has seen Dagenham and Rainham move from 115th to 139th on the list of the highest unemployment rates across the 650 constituencies.

Moving into August we have seen a decrease in unemployment with 81 less claimants than in July 2012. Dagenham and Rainham is still at the higher end of the unemployment table which is just unacceptable.

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. With the Sanofi Aventis site moving forwards we can expect many more jobs as well. Jon Cruddas added 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 local residents."

In addition to these projects Dagenham has seen a recent investment of around £4 million into a new High Speed Sustainable Manufacturing Institute.

Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham

Jon Cruddas MP had this to say:

"This area has an immensely proud history of manufacturing and this is just the next step in that history. We need to promote industry in the area as a way of tackling unemployment and ensuring people have the necessary skills to work at the highest level. The near £4 million total investment will help take manufacturing in this area to the next level.

By bringing together experts from business, academia and engineering the institute has the potential to ensure Britain is once again at the forefront of world manufacturing".