Stephen Mosley MP welcomes another fall in unemployment in Chester

Unemployment has fallen in Chester for the fifth month in a row. The number of jobseekers in the City is well below both the regional and national average, according to figures released today.

Welcoming the news Stephen Mosley MP said ‘This is fantastic news for The City of Chester. It is great to see another fall in unemployment in our city, and to see that so many employers are looking to take on staff. It is a vote of confidence in our City and the Government’s economic strategy of rebalancing the economy.’

Unemployment figures for June suggested there were 1871 people seeking employment in The City of Chester, or an employment rate 4.3%. Figures also show that the number of jobs advertised at the Jobcentre in Chester for the last month stood at over 1100. This means the City of Chester Parliamentary constituency is placed in the top 10% of UK constituencies in terms of the number of jobs available to each jobseeker.


  1. We do have much more detailed data on unemployment, and this year’s Outlook focuses specifically on the unemployment challenge that cities face. This data shows that there is very strong divergence in city performance. And the worry for these places is that if unemployment continues to rise as expected throughout 2012 the gap between some of our strongest and weakest city economies will continue to widen. We’ve already seen the difference in the JSA claimant rates of Cambridge and Hull double since the start of the downturn in 2008. Continued public sector job cuts and the weak performance of the private sector mean that this gap could become ever larger.

  2. Why is the Prime Minister making a statement to-night? Is it that at last the Government are becoming conscious that the country is concerned about unemployment? Is it because of the long barrage of questions and speeches from this side of the House, in which we have tried to draw attention to the parlous condition described by the hon. Member who moved the Motion? Is it because the country is becoming alarmed at the state of great masses of our people? The hon. Member who moved the Motion and gave us an opportunity, for which we are grateful, of discussing this matter, made certain suggestions with reference to the President of the Board of Trade and the Secretary for Overseas Trade going to Germany and Russia. That may be making a contribution, but we have had trade agreements for years affecting a great many industries, and what is the result? My hon. Friend the Member for Ince (Mr. G. Macdonald) said that there are 60,000 fewer miners in the mining industry. I have looked up the figures, and there are 123,000 fewer miners in the industry than there were in 1921. The cotton industry must have dwindled by almost half in the last few years, in view of the unemployment among its operatives. The hon. Member for West Middlesbrough (Mr. K. Griffith) gave us a description of what is happening in the shipbuilding industry. That is happening in every great industry in the country because of the increase of machinery. It has been going on for years.