Blunkett’s dismay over jobless figures

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The constituency of Brightside and Hillsborough has the 11th highest unemployment in the UK, its MP, David Blunkett, said this week.

Research in the House of Commons Library indicated 11.7% of economically active 16 to 64-year-olds were out of work, showing a slight increase on last year.

Consequences were “devastating”, said Mr Blunkett, “including the tremendous pain of welfare benefit cuts and the massive loss of local spending, which hits the local economy and local businesses”.