Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jobless Mystery; Your Say

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Jobless Mystery; Your Say

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THERE''S no doubting the fantastic news the pounds 4.5bn Hitachi train development is coming to Newton Aycliffe is the best news since the reincarnation of steel-making at the Redcar Blast Furnace on Teesside.

There is also the massive investment at Nissan Cars in Sunderland which is another big employer.

However, what we find is that the North-east still has the highest unemployment rates in the country. When I put the question of why after all this investment in our area we still have the largest number of jobless in the country -the North East Chamber of Commerce hierarchy said Good question George.

However they didn''t really have an answer.

Could it be that despite all these manufacturing jobs the public sector are leaking jobs faster than the private sector can fill the public job loss chasm? Answers to the PM please. The answer is really quite simple in economic terms PM. A growth strategy and not an austerity policy is the only way to reverse the worst double dip recession in 50 years. Fifty years ago in 1962 it was Tory PM Harold MacMillan Super Mac who said You''ve never had it so good.

Not many believed that sixties sound bite and the Tories lost the General Election soon afterwards. If the PM doesn''t do an economic u-turn his destiny will be similar to SuperMac''s Tories of 1964 - defeat at the polls in 2015.

CLLR GEORGE DUNNING, Leader, Redcar & Cleveland THE Youth Contract scheme costing no less than pounds 126 million and backed by Nick Clegg is designed to tackle the record number of young people who are unemployed and not in education or training.

Expert mentors will provide ongoing one-to-one support to address young people''s needs to ensure that we unlock their potential and increase their chances of long-term sustainable employment. …

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