MP Robert Halfon welcomes news of more people back to work in Harlow

General / Wed 15th Feb 2023 at 03:40pm

HARLOW Member of Parliament, Robert Halfon, welcomes the publication of new statistics showing that unemployment is falling nationally, and in Harlow, with over 700 people back in work compared to this time last year. 

On the back of a successful Jobs and Apprenticeships Fair in January, with over 60 exhibitors and 4,000 visitors, and news this week that there have been over 8,000 new apprenticeships in Harlow since 2010, the latest unemployment figures are more reassurance that Harlow is a great place to live, work and invest. 

Commenting on the drop in unemployment, Mr Halfon said, “Everybody should be able to access well-paid jobs and have successful careers, climbing the ladder of opportunity and growing the local economy. 

“I am proud that Harlow is a growing town, with over 700 people returning to work since this time last year and over 8,000 young people starting apprenticeships and climbing the ladder of opportunity since 2010. This is extremely positive news, but there is much still to do. 

“Recent investment, including over £40 million I secured for levelling up projects in Harlow, the £12 million advanced manufacturing centre, upgrades to Harlow College, investment in our enterprise zone and the opening of a Job Centre Plus in Harlow’s Harvey Centre, is driving Harlow forward and I will continue to champion skills and apprenticeships and do everything possible to see more high-skilled jobs created as we build an even better Harlow.”

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13 Comments for MP Robert Halfon welcomes news of more people back to work in Harlow:

2023-02-15 15:46:56

People are returning to work as they are struggling in the current economic situation but then they are not on 80k plus a year more like minimum wage topped up with UC.

gary roberts
2023-02-15 15:57:36

Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Mr. Halfon our local MP who would take credit for the Sun shining on Monday and Friday of every week if it got him another headline.

Dave Benson Phillips
2023-02-15 16:22:45

I still can't get over the £30k he claimed on expenses for the hotel room he used to cheat on his long term partner. Or telling all the teachers they had to get children full of covid back into school, whilst himself not going back to the House of Commons. Do people still take him seriously?

2023-02-15 16:25:12

The ONS reports that the unemployment rate increased by 0.1%l to 3.7% for the last qtr to Dec31. YH perhaps Robert Halfons statement needs checking

Mr Jawad Sharief
2023-02-15 16:29:19

well done Robert Halfon you've been working really hard theese last couple of weeks traveling the country speaking about apprentiships keep up the great work Thank you god bless the uk

James Leppard
2023-02-15 17:08:48

This is excellent news and we are fortunate in having an MP passionate about training and apprenticeships. The ambition of training people for higher remunerated skilled roles is most worthy and a means to improving opportunities. A highly skilled and qualified workforce will encourage business investment and elevate the economic prospects of Harlow as a destination for business.

2023-02-15 19:05:54

So, people who should be enjoying their retirement after a lifetime of work and service, are being forced back to work because SOMEONE tanked the economy. SOMEONE was in charge when inflation hit 40-year highs. SOMEONE caused the Bank of England to act with a £65b bailout, causing pensions to tank and mortgage rates to raise. And this is all a good thing? RH welcomes the fact that due to tight finances, people have to return to work just to pay the bills? This is how low this government is. Forcing people back to work due to their incompetence is now something to be celebrated.

2023-02-15 21:18:35

James Leppard - nothing to do with Halfon really and we will not get investment when we have highest tax burden wince WW2. Conservatives have destroyed this country labour are no better politicians are all useless

2023-02-16 05:30:05

Dave Philips, you got a source for those claims?

2023-02-16 08:07:24

Robert Halfon is right. Harlow needs to develop a much better skilled workforce. If we look at comparable New Towns established in the late 1940’s: Basildon, Bracknell, Crawley, Harlow, Hatfield, Hemel Hempstead, Stevenage and Welwyn Garden City, Harlow has the lowest median earnings. We also have some of the lowest property prices. Clearly more needs to be done both to develop and attract talent and skills in order to boost prosperity locally.

Nicholas Taylor
2023-02-16 09:31:39

James, bringing in tens more thousands of people does nothing to develop a more skilled workforce for those already living here. In the 1950's and 1960's large firms relocated to Harlow creating thousands of jobs for the new residents of the town. Now, because of a lack of space, there will never be a sufficient number of jobs created locally to provide work for thousands of new residents. Most of those that are created will also be lower skilled or paid, shop workers, warehouse workers etc. More and more residents will be commuting elsewhere to work, placing more strain on the towns roads by way of damage and pollution.

David Forman
2023-02-16 11:46:59

An apprenticeship with the Post Office External Telecoms Executive No.14 gave me a lifetime of work. I hope the same can be said for today's apprentices. Well done Robert Halfon for all his good work promoting apprenticeships.

Peter Henegan
2023-02-16 17:24:30

Robert, I have a high regard for some of your work such as apprenticeships but why do you insist upon so much spin. Despite the increase in employment the unemployment rate has just been reported as increased (only by a small % point). So why have you stated the opposite. And why do you never respond to valid comments?

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