The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in April 2013 was 3,504. This represents a rate of 7.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 115th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

The number of claimants is 138 lower than in April 2012 and 80 lower than in March 2013. These data are not seasonally adjusted.

This data highlights a 0.2% rise in employment locally over the course of the past month. The last 4 months of 2012 saw a steady decrease in the number of unemployed claimants across Dagenham and Rainham but unfortunately moving into 2013 we saw a spike in unemployment. These latest statistics are very positive and could mark a turning point in the local economy.

There is a lot of investment scheduled to come to Dagenham and Rainham in 2013. The new Tesco distribution centre being built near Rainham which is set to be completed this year will bring between 200 and 300 new jobs to the local area.

Jon Cruddas MP said: "I am meeting up with [Tesco] to discuss what the job implications are for local people. Throughout my discussions on this project my concerns have been to ensure as many local people as possible find work at the new distribution centre. Times are hard and we need as many job opportunities as we can for local people."

Sainsbury's are set to build a superstore on the Sanofi Aventis site bringing with it around 400 jobs for local residents. And there are rumours that a Travelodge will be built in the coming year, providing more local employment. Investments such as these are set to help the figures stabilise later 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."

It has been highlighted that youth unemployment has increased throughout the borough with one in ten young people being on Job Seekers Allowance.

Jon commented on this latest statistic: "It's disappointing to see youth unemployment so high in the local area, with statistics showing that one in ten young people are claiming JSA. The Tory plan is not working. However there is much investment set to improve job opportunities throughout 2013, with the new Tesco distribution centre, proposals for a new Sainsbury's and further regeneration work on the Sanofi site in Dagenham East. Alongside this there are some fantastic apprenticeship schemes for young people in the local area and we need to be promoting these, providing our youth with the skills and experience they need to help them find work in the future."