The number of people out of work and claiming Job Seekers Allowance has fallen again from 1,957 in August to 1,622 in November. That is the lowst figure for 2 years – since the start of the recession.
The good news came on the same day that it was revealed that the number of people who have been claiming Job Seekers Allowance for more than 6 months has fallen from 700 in May, to 430 last month.
Andrew welcomed the news but recognised that difficult times still lie ahead for many people:
“It is always good news when unemployment falls because each new job means such a huge amount to every family involved. The fact that there are now 270 fewer local people who have been out of work for more than six months, receiving unemployment benefits, than there were at the time of the election is a big step forward”
“There will inevitably be ups and downs to the recovery from what was the deepest and longest recession since the war and we should not be surprised if some months show increases in unemployment.”
“I am working to provide the support that our local businesses and entrepreneurs need to create the new jobs that we need in Burton and Uttoxeter.”