STEPHEN Metcalfe, Member of Parliament for South Basildon & East Thurrock, has welcomed the news that employment across the UK continues to run at a record high.
The unemployment rate has fallen to an 11-year low of just 4.8 per cent – down by more than 900,000 since 2010 – according to the latest set of labour market figures out today.
Locally, the number of people claiming the key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 1,139, representing a 51% per cent drop since 2010.
As well as the employment rate continuing to run at a record high, today’s figures show that wages are continuing to rise strongly. National youth unemployment is down by almost 350,000 since 2010, the number of disabled people in work has increased by 590,000 in the past three years, and the proportion of women in work is at a joint record high. Over 70 per cent of the rise in employment since 2010 has been from full-time work.
Mr Metcalfe said:
“Today sees another set of strong figures, with employment continuing to run at a record high and unemployment falling to an 11-year low.
“The number of local people relying on the key out of work benefits has fallen by 1,139 since 2010 – a 51% drop. Growth is being fuelled by full-time professional jobs while wages are continuing to grow strongly, which underlines the resilience of the UK labour market.
“I welcome Theresa May’s determination to build a country that works for everyone. Although current figures are strong, it is crucial that the Government continues to provide support to people looking to get back into work and helps create the work opportunities that can transform the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in our society.”