Unemployment in Mid Worcestershire

Iím a great supporter of local newspapers, but it does interest me that unemployment has been falling in Mid Worcestershire since the 2010 election, but Iíve never once been asked for a quote about it. Things were rather different when the numbers were rising!

Since May 2010, unemployment in my Mid Worcestershire constituency has fallen from 3.2% to 2.5%. Thatís pretty close to full employment.

Nationally, unemployment is down too and 1.3 million new private sector jobs have been created in three years. Across the country the number of people claiming out of work benefits is now at the lowest level since May 2010 and in Worcestershire it is at its lowest level since December 2008. Youth unemployment remains too high but is falling. Clearly we should be encouraged by these figures Ė things are heading firmly in the right direction.

This matters because everyone who has found a job recently is now contributing to the society of which they are a part, giving them a sense of purpose and meaning they are longer reliant on benefits. The dignity a job gives someone can never be overestimated, and thatís why this news is so important.

The figures are very encouraging, but we still face challenges. I know that there are still many young people and long-term unemployed who canít find work. Thatís why it is right that we have a system in place in support those who are actively looking for work. There are also many families who are in work but struggling to make ends meet Ė thatís why weíve frozen fuel duty and council tax and cut income tax for the least well paid.

Iím not saying everything is perfect because unemploymentís falling Ė but it is still very good news.


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