Harlow MP Robert Halfon pleased with fall in unemployment

Politics / Sun 25th Jan 2015 at 04:35pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed another big fall in the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Harlow. Figures released today by the ONS show that since 2010, the number of people claiming JSA has fallen by 53%. The unemployment rate in Harlow is now lower than the rest of England, despite being significantly higher than the national average in 2010.

Youth unemployment also continues to fall, with a total decrease of 56% since 2010. Robert said he was especially pleased with these figures, and paid testament to the work being done by Harlow College and other training providers to support young people getting into work. This is clearly having a real impact upon Harlow’s young people, as apprenticeship starts in Harlow are up 106% since 2010.

Robert said: “The government has invested heavily in skills and vocational education, and Initiatives such as the Sir Charles Kao UTC, which opened last September with up to £10 million of government funding, are incredibly important. They are giving young people the skills they need to get on and support themselves in life”.

This good news is reflected nationally, with the number of people claiming the main unemployment benefit is at its lowest level since June 2008. Furthermore, three quarters of the number of people in work since the election are in full-time jobs – full-time jobs accounted for 83 per cent of the rise in employment over the past year.

Since 2010, Robert has worked hard to help boost businesses and help Harlow residents get back into work. He holds an annual jobs fair, which has seen thousands of people pass through the doors looking for work. His fairs have been highly successful, with many people having found work, and businesses giving very positive feedback.

Commenting on the figures, Robert Halfon said: “It is great news that unemployment is now half of what it was in Harlow at the last election. This shows that many more families in Harlow are benefiting from a steady job, and a steady pay packet. Furthermore, the IMF has said that Britain is now the fastest growing advanced economy in the world, showing that our long term economic plan is working.”

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