Gender pay gap widens in Ludlow area as women’s wages fall

New data released by the Office of National Statistics today show a general improvement in wages across the south of Shropshire. But women’s wages are falling.

Men’s pay has gone up. Women’s pay has gone down. Men in the Ludlow area earn about £2 an hour above the national average. Women work for a rate that is around £2 below the national average.

The gender pay gap is reducing nationally, albeit slowly, but here in the Ludlow constituency it is widening.

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Five candidates in race to be elected as Ludlow’s new MP

The deadline has passed and we have five candidates standing in the Ludlow constituency.

Three live in the constituency, one over the border in Herefordshire and one in Birmingham.

Liberal Democrats. BARNES, Charlotte Ann. Linley Lane Cottage, Norbury, Bishop`s Castle, Shropshire, SY9 5DX.

Conservatives. DUNNE, Philip Martin, (address in the North Herefordshire Constituency).

UKIP. KELLY, David Joseph, (address in the Ludlow Constituency).

Green. PHILLIPS, Janet Helen, 1 Walcot Avenue, Lydbury North, Shropshire, SY7 8AA.

Labour. SLATER, Simon Clive, 121 Vine Lane, Birmingham, B27 6SY.

Statement of Persons Nominated in Ludlow Constituency.

Unemployment falls again in Ludlow – now we need to concentrate on the quality of jobs (updated 12 Nov)

Unemployment levels have more than halved in the last 18 months across the Ludlow constituency. That’s very good news. Youth unemployment is falling too. And we have much lower unemployment than many areas around us and the UK as a whole. What we need to concentrate on now is the quality of jobs.

Let’s do a few numbers and a few caveats.

Across Ludlow parliamentary constituency, today’s statistics show that the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance is down to 519 people. That is still a lot of people, but it’s just 1.3% of the working population. Nationally, 2.9% of the working population are on Jobseekers. Continue reading “Unemployment falls again in Ludlow – now we need to concentrate on the quality of jobs (updated 12 Nov)”

Unemployment up but still trending downwards in Ludlow

Unemployment in the Ludlow constituency is up by ten people, probably due to students who have completed their college and university courses signing on while they seek jobs. The real level of unemployment is higher than official statistics show – perhaps around 3%, 1,100 people. This is still a relatively good result but there is no room for complacency.

This July, there were just 563 Jobseekers claimants in the Ludlow constituency [1]. This is up ten claimants on the previous month. This is probably due to former students signing on as youth unemployment has risen by ten claimants to 135. The overall trend, therefore, is probably still downwards. Alternatively, unemployment could have flattened out. We’ll only know that in a couple of months. Continue reading “Unemployment up but still trending downwards in Ludlow”

The economy is at last working not hurting in Ludlow – young people are getting jobs and wages are rising

We have seriously good news. At last the economy, after the biggest crisis of my lifetime, is working not hurting – well, not hurting as much. And, despite what many people think, there are jobs for the young.

In the last two years, unemployment in the Ludlow constituency [1] has fallen by nearly half. In August 2012 there were 1,042 Jobseekers claimants. This June, there were just 553 claimants [2]. Continue reading “The economy is at last working not hurting in Ludlow – young people are getting jobs and wages are rising”