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Halfon delighted as job seeker numbers in Harlow continue to fall

News / Wed 17th Jun 2015 at 04:31pm

THE number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Harlow has fallen by 55% since May 2010.

New figures published by the Office of National Statistics show that there are now 1,184 people in Harlow claiming JSA, compared to 2,634 five years ago.

Responding to the news Harlow MP Robert Halfon said:

“Today’s announcement is good news for Harlow. Since May 2010 almost 1,500 Harlow residents no longer claim JSA, with 570 people moving back into work in the last year alone. Hundreds of Harlow residents now have the security of a regular pay packet and the ability to provide for their family.”

The picture in Harlow is also reflected nationally where unemployment has fallen by 43,000 to its lowest level since August 2008. The number of women in work is now at its highest level ever and wages are rising at their fastest rate since 2011.

“Throughout the country working people are beginning to see the benefits of this strong economic recovery. Thousands of Harlow residents have found a job, wages are rising and the lowest paid are being taken out of income tax.”

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