Plea for a rethink on job stats

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A CALL has been made to change the way the Government calculates unemployment figures after a report claimed joblessness is worse than official figures show.

Easington MP Grahame Morris has put forward the suggestion after statistics showed 3,780 people in his constituency were out of work.

However, he believes the figure including the hidden unemployed, such as those who are on incapacity benefit, stands at 9,900.

The number is from the Real Level of Unemployment in 2012 report by the Centre for Regional, Economic and Social Research.

Mr Morris said: “For months, I have being calling on the Prime Minister to visit East Durham and see first-hand the escalating job crisis caused by the Coalition Government’s policies of austerity.

“Wage freezes, job losses, changes to welfare, and public sector cuts are driving demand out of the local economy.

“David Cameron’s private sector led recovery is failing to materialise.”