MP welcomes fall in unemployment in Harlow

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed Office for National Statistics figures which show the number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Harlow has fallen by 102 in the past year.

The number of claimants in the town last month – 2,221 – is also 38 fewer than were claiming benefit the previous month (September this year).

Mr Halfon, who has received several emails from local people who have secured jobs after attending the Harlow Jobs Fair organised by the MP last month, said: “It is good news that unemployment has fallen by 102 claimants in Harlow in the last year.

“Unemployment in Harlow has been consistently falling in recent months and is now nearly one per cent lower than it was in May 2010 under the last Government.

“I’m delighted unemployment is going down. Last month I organised a special Jobs Fair at Harlow Leisurezone, where more than 60 companies with vacancies in Harlow looked for staff.”

Mr Halfon has also welcomed the increase in apprenticeships being made available in the town.

He said: ”I am pleased that the number of apprenticeships in Harlow have increased by 82 per cent since 2010.

“I would like to pay tribute to the Harlow Jobscentre Plus, Seetec, Ingeus and Harlow College for all the work they do getting people into training and work.

“The new pre-apprentice school which is opening in September 2014 will also help this.”

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