Halfon hails fall in people from Harlow claiming Job Seekers Allowance

News / Sat 3rd Jan 2015 at 11:38am

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed new figures that shows the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Harlow is now 50% lower than it was under the previous Labour government in 2010.

In May 2010, there were 2,634 people claiming JSA in Harlow. That figure for November 2014 is 1,303 maining that Harlow now has less people than the UK average claiming JSA.

Furthermore, youth unemployment in Harlow has gone down by an impressive 56% over the same period.

Across the UK, Employment was up 115,000 on quarter, 588,000 on year, to 30.8 million people in work, the highest level on record. In good news for Britain’s families, 95% of the jobs created in the last year were full time, and ONS statistics show that those in long term employment (in their jobs for over a year) received pay rises of an average 4.1%.

Robert welcomed these statistics, saying “These figures show the huge progress that we are making in Harlow, and is great news for everyone in the town. Under Labour, Harlow had a particularly high rate of unemployment, but as 50% fewer people are now claiming JSA, we are now in line with the national average. This means that more Harlow people are receiving regular pay checks that provide security for themselves and their families”.

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