Tuesday 23 February 2021 / 7:19 AM Anneliese Dodds / Economy

Anneliese Dodds comments on ONS figures that show unemployment has reached 1.74 million

Anneliese Dodds MP, Labour’s Shadow Chancellor, commenting on ONS figures that show unemployment has reached 1.74 million said:

“These figures reveal the full scale of Rishi Sunak’s jobs crisis. We’re already in the worst economic crisis of any major economy, there are now 1.74 million people out of work, and forecasts suggest another million will lose their jobs in the coming months.

“The Chancellor should learn from the mistakes he made last year, when his last-minute extension to the furlough scheme came too late to prevent record redundancies.

“Britain just can’t afford to wait any longer for this government to act. That’s why today Labour is calling on the Conservatives to back our plan to secure our economy and rebuild stronger, with a relentless focus on jobs, growth and protecting family finances.”