BULWELL has one of the highest unemployment rates in the country, shock new figures have revealed.
In the Nottingham North Parliamentary constituency, which includes Bulwell, there are currently 5,343 residents of working age who are unemployed.
That is 12.7% of the working population — an alarming statistic that means the area has the 16th highest level of unemployment of the country’s 650 constituencies.
Bulwell’s Labour MP, Graham Allen, described as “shocking” the revelation that one in eight people of working age in his constituency is now looking for work.
He claimed there were now 23 job-hunters for every vacancy listed at Bulwell JobCentre. He added that one in five 18-to-24-year-olds were now unemployed in Nottingham North.
Said Mr Allen: “Thanks to this Tory-led government’s policies, not least the ending of Nottingham’s highly-successful Future Jobs Fund, we now have a local generation of young people struggling to find work.
“My worry is that they will pass on the attitudes of worklessness to the next generation unless they are broken out of this cycle by early action.”
He added: “Perhaps the government will claim there has been an outbreak of scrounging. But nothing could be further from the truth. Behind every figure is a family without a breadwinner.”
The latest figures for the Sherwood constituency, which includes Hucknall, show there are 2,174 residents unemployed, which is 3.8% of the working-age population.