Earlier today, the Isle of Man Government revealed its latest unemployment figures, showing that the unemployment rate in the Isle of Man was 5% in the month of July according to the standard methodology used internationally. Last week, the United Kingdom’s Office of National Statistics published their equivalent report which found that the UK unemployment rate was 3.9% from April to June.

With unemployment at 5% in IOM, and 3.9% in the UK, and further risks of increased unemployment, we need a renewed focus on securing jobs on our island. That’s why our manifesto for Douglas South is focused squarely on securing jobs for people on our island.

This is why we have a clear plan to:

Build local infrastructure

This is the perfect time to invest in improving our roads, cycle tracks and broadband access. Not only will we directly employ workers on building our island, but we will create valuable assets for our community. This will lead to a long-term multiplier effect in our economy.

Ease the squeeze on family budgets

The cost of living is too high, with family budgets under pressure. We need to reduce the cost of living especially with jobs at risk. Reducing the cost of heating fuel through a new Manx Gas agreement will keep more money in the pockets of Manx families, allowing them to spend locally with local business

Develop central Douglas

Development should start on areas like the Lord St car park and Douglas Quay to create jobs. This will enhance our town, creating new services and opportunities for residents.

Michael Josem standing in the empty scar of the Lord Street car park.
Our town center should not be dominated by empty scars

Michael Josem is a long-term consumer advocate, most prominently as a global leader in combating fraud in the online gambling industry. He was in part the inspiration for the 20th Century Fox Movie, Runner Runner, starring Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake.

Josem has over a decade of experience as a senior business leader working across various high-tech and online industries, and takes action to build a better community. His primary volunteer roles include service for the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, and Graih, the homelessness charity.

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