Robin Walker, MP for Worcester has welcomed June’s claimant count figures which have been released today show that youth unemployment in Worcester has fallen by a further 30, with 265 young people claiming JSA benefit compared to May’s figures of 295. This is the lowest figure on record, a fall of over 10 per cent in a single month and less than half the number two years ago. Since youth unemployment peaked under Labour in Summer 2009, it has fallen by 540 or precisely two thirds.

The overall figures for claimants have fallen to a new record low of 1,074, a significant fall of 63 in a single month and this figure has halved since April 2013. It compares with 2,545 before the 2010 General Election and a peak of 2,731 under Labour.

The Women’s claimant count has also seen a significant fall, coming down 20 to 336 in June, less than half the figure where it stood in August 2013.

Long term unemployment is also down on the year but saw a small rise in June to 245, this compares with 240 last month but also with 395 a year ago and 400 at the time of the 2010 General Election. It has halved since November 2013.

Commenting on these figures, Robin said:

“I am delighted that unemployment in Worcester is at its lowest rate in over ten years, at a new monthly record low and that every major category of unemployment has halved within the space of the last two years. I am particularly pleased that youth unemployment has fallen even more sharply and what was a real problem in Worcester when I first became MP has been taken on. The fact that youth unemployment has fallen by two thirds is a testament to the hard work of local businesses, the growth of apprenticeships and the enterprise of our young people. I want to see even more opportunities for young people to find work and share the Government’s aspiration of abolishing youth unemployment. To do this we need more apprenticeships, more jobs and more investment in Worcester – these we must deliver.”

Notes to editors:

For Robin’s previous commentary on unemployment in Worcester see:

For full details of the latest claimant count in Worcester see:

Robin recently welcomed the impact of the Employment Allowance which has helped over 1,300 firms in Worcester employ people