The number of unemployed claimants in Dagenham and Rainham constituency in January 2013 was 3,509. This represents a rate of 7.2% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 126th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.) This figure fluctuated in December 2012 but in comparison to November 2012 there has been improvement. In November 2012 Dagenham and Rainham ranked 110th at the higher end of the unemployment table, the constituency still has large levels of unemployment but there has been a 0.8% increase in employment in the last two months. The number of claimants is 201 lower than in January 2012 and 34 higher than in December 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, November saw a high number of unemployment, and although there has been improvement this is still disappointing news as throughout 2012 the number of unemployed claimants had been steadily decreasing in the area.

There is a lot of investment scheduled to come to Dagenham and Rainham in 2013, there are currently proposals to build a Sainsbury’s superstore on the Sanofi Aventis site and a deal prior to that secured the building of a Tesco depot near Dagenham which is due to be completed later in the year. Investments such as these 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.”