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Harlow MP Robert Halfon welcomes “biggest fall in unemployment rate”

Politics / Thu 19th Feb 2015 pm28 12:27pm

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon has welcomed a big fall in Harlow’s unemployment rate over the past year, and the news that wages are now rising significantly faster than inflation.

Figures released today by the ONS show that the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance has fallen by 763 since January 2014. This means that since the 2010 General Election, the number of Harlow residents claiming Job Seekers Allowance has halved. In the last year, 76% of jobs created have been full time.

In good news for families across Harlow, earnings are now rising at 2.1%, significantly above inflation, continuing to ease the cost of living.

Furthermore, Youth unemployment has also fallen significantly in Harlow, with 260 fewer young people claiming JSA in the last year. Since May 2010, youth unemployment has dropped by nearly 60%, and apprenticeship starts have risen by 106%.

Commenting on the figures, Robert Halfon said:
“These figures are great news for Harlow. It means that in the last year, almost 800 more Harlow residents have the security of a regular wage. Unemployment is now significantly lower than when Labour was in power, decreasing from 5.5 per cent in May 2010 to 2.7 per cent in January 2015. Youth unemployment has also decreased.

“These jobs are not insecure or poorly paid – in fact three-quarters of the new jobs that have been created since the election are full-time and wages are rising. This proves that this this Government’s long term economic plan is working”.

The news is also positive for the rest of the UK. There are now 1.85 million more people in work than there was in 2010, and the number of people claiming the main out-of-work benefits is at its lowest level since 1990. Significantly, three quarters of the number of people in work since the election are in full-time jobs.

Since 2010, Robert Halfon has worked hard to bring jobs back to the town – he has hosted a Jobs Fair every year for the past three years, that have helped thousands of local job seekers, and been a champion of apprentices. This has meant that Robert employed the very first ever Parliamentary apprentice from Harlow College and campaigned hard to bring the Sir Charles Kao University Technical College (a pre-apprentice school) to Harlow with £10 million of government investment.

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