Turning Point comments on new unemployment figures

News item posted: 17 March 2017

Commenting on the new unemployment figures, released today, Turning Point's Director of Employment Services, John Mallalieu said;

"These rising unemployment figures paint a bleak picture, and particularly for some of the people Turning Point supports. 

"With large amounts of skilled people now finding themselves out of work too, those who have never had access to the labour market are in danger of being pushed even further away from it.  For both the long and short term unemployed, being out of work is usually to the detriment of their mental health too and so we also need to ensure these issues are addressed as well."

"Another concern is that with the number of jobs on offer decreasing, providers who specialise in getting harder to reach groups into work may struggle. Moving forward, the Work Programme may need to be adapted to take such issues into account."