Walker welcomes UK unemployment lowest in a generation as Worcester claimant count falls below 1000

Worcester’s MP Robin Walker has welcomed a fall in unemployment in the city which sees the claimant count for June 2017 back below 1000 for the first time this year. The Worcester figure is down 15 from May to 995 and is at its lowest since January 2016.

This trend of improvement is showing nationally as well with the employment rate (the proportion of people aged from 16 to 64 who were in work) up to 74.9% – the highest since comparable records began in 1971 with 32.01 million people in work, 175,000 more than for December 2016 to February 2017 and 324,000 more than for a year earlier. The proportion of 16-24 year olds who have left full time education and are unemployment remains at a record low of 5.1%.

Figures for youth unemployment in Worcester still sit around the 225 mark for under 25s compared to 710 when Robin first became an MP. Youth unemployment hit an all time high in Worcester under Labour when 805 people under 25 were on the claimant count in the Summer of 2009.

Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, The Rt Hon David Gauke MP said;

“Employment is up, unemployment is down, wages age up and there are more people working full-time. This is good news for households across the country and demonstrates that reducing the corporation tax burden on businesses increases the numbers of people they employ.”

Robin said;

“To see the number of Worcester claimants at its lowest point in 17 months is welcome news indeed. Before I became an MP in 2010 we had 2,700 people unemployed in Worcester, nearly three times more than what the figure is now. Youth unemployment was two thirds higher than it is now and the number of apprenticeships were half today’s figures. This news is very much a success story, but there is still more to do.”

“Over the last few weeks I have had the privilege of meeting with several apprentices and I have heard their success stories. It is our challenge now to keep unemployment down and grow these apprenticeships that give so many young people the opportunity to get into work.”

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Notes to editors

July 2017 UK labour market statistics can be found at: https://www.ons.gov.uk/employmentandlabourmarket/peopleinwork/employmentandemployeetypes/bulletins/uklabourmarket/july2017

Worcester’s labour market statistics can be found at: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/wpca/1929380363/subreports/cc_time_series/report.aspx

For Robin’s recent statements on unemployment, see:

http://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-best-employment-figures-for-42-years-unemployment-down-and-wages-up-in-worcester/

http://www.walker4worcester.com/walker-welcomes-record-wage-growth-for-worcester-workers-ahead-of-budget-2017/

http://www.walker4worcester.com/progress-must-continue-after-record-breaking-year-for-worcester-jobs/