Local employment mirrors national trend - Simon Hughes

Local unemployment reaches new low!

Following on from this morning’s statistics that UK unemployment had dipped below 6%, there is news that our local community is also on the right course as unemployment reaches the lowest level since at least 2006.

The number of jobs in the area continues to rise, and the number of people suffering from unemployment continues to fall.

In fact, according to the Office of National Statistics, whose records go back to 2006, unemployment has never been so low.

In December, 2.6% of our local population were claiming out of work benefits. In terms of numbers, this was 906 lower than December 2013, and 114 lower than the month previous – November 2014.

These are encouraging signs.

As I hope many of you will know, I am fighting for more jobs, a stronger economy and a fairer society.

It is clear from today’s news that we are on track to achieve this. Nevertheless, I will keep fighting for more local jobs and apprenticeships as they are the driver of our local community.

Labour’s record on the economy speaks for itself – they led us into the worst recession since the 1920s.

They cannot protect local jobs, secure the future of the NHS, or provide affordable housing for local residents because they cannot be trusted with the economy. This has been proven beyond a shadow of a doubt.

I am very pleased with the statistics released today, and long may the good news continue.