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Halfon praises drop in youth unemployment in Harlow

Politics / Wed 27th Aug 2014 at 11:18am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed new figures showing that 5,000 fewer young people in the East of England are not in employment, education or training – a 6% decrease since the election. However, the figures are particularly impressive in Harlow, where youth unemployment has dropped by 55% since its peak in 2012.

Robert has claimed that the significant drop in unemployed young people in Harlow is because Harlow is fast becoming a “centre of excellence for academia and skills”. Since 2010, apprenticeships have increased by 83%, and this week’s GCSE results proves that Harlow’s young people are on track for success”.

Across the UK as a whole, there are 184,000 fewer young people not in work, education or training – a 12 per cent fall since the election.

Commenting on the figures Robert Halfon said:

“It’s great news that there are 55% fewer young people claiming JSA in Harlow since 2012. These aren’t just numbers on a government graph – every young person taken off the dole is someone with new self-respect, new confidence and new security for the future.

“This hasn’t happened by accident. It’s happened because the Government has a long-term plan to build a healthier economy in Britain – helping businesses to create more jobs, and ensuring more young people have the skills they need to get a job, for example by investing up to £10 million in Harlow’s new pre-apprentice school that is opening this September, or succeed in further study.”

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