Robin Walker, MP for Worcester, has welcomed the release of November’s unemployment figures by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), showing the unemployment rate in the city remaining below 1,000 for the fifth consecutive month. This marks the first time on record that unemployment has remained below 1,000 in Worcester for such a sustained period, with November’s month-on-month drop of 40 also representing the sharpest fall in jobless numbers in two years.

At 940 – or 1.4% of the working-age population – November’s unemployment rate in the city is the lowest it has been since December 2015 following a sustained fall throughout 2017. It represents a 62% drop since Robin was elected as Worcester’s MP in 2010, when the city’s unemployment rate stood at 2,700. Young people contributed to half of November’s fall in unemployment, with 20 fewer 18-24 year olds out of work in Worcester – the sharpest decline in youth unemployment this year, and the second lowest figure since records began.

Nationally, employment remains at a near record high, with 32.08 million people in work. There are also a record number of vacancies (798,000) in the economy at any one time. Today’s employment figures also show:

  • the number of people in employment has increased by over 3 million since 2010
  • youth unemployment has fallen by over 40% since 2010
  • the unemployment rate nationally remains at its lowest since 1975

Minister for Employment, Damian Hinds said:

“We’re ending the year on a strong note with figures showing the unemployment rate has fallen every month in 2017, and is now at the lowest it’s been in over 40 years.”

“Employment is at a near-record high, and there are over 3 million more people in work now compared to 2010 – that’s more than the population of Greater Manchester. Universal Credit is helping people get into work quicker, and ensuring they get more money in their pockets for every hour they work.”

“Universal Credit supports both the unemployed and the low paid, as people don’t have to end their benefit claim when they find a job. This is especially important at this time of year, when many people take on temporary seasonal work.”

Commenting on the figures, Robin said:

“I am really glad to see that, for the first time on record, Worcester has not only sustained an historically low jobless rate below 1,000 but that November also represented the largest monthly drop in the city’s unemployment rate for two years. Having remained at 1.5% for some time, it is welcome news to see it back down to 1.4% for the first time since 2015.”

“These are not just impressive statistics – every single drop in the figures represents someone moving out of joblessness and into work, education, or training, and gaining the skills, confidence and independence that secure work offers. In particular, the continued decline in the city’s youth unemployment is a really positive sign for the future, and for women in Worcester the unemployment rate is now at just 0.9%.”

“With recent visits on Small Business Saturday and to speak to employees at Worcester Bosch, I’ve had the opportunity to meet local employers both large and small and hear the priorities for them and their employees. Under this Government the Conservatives have helped businesses create 1,000 jobs a day on average, and with continued investment in training and technology we are continuing to ensure our economy is fit for the future.”


Notes to editors

For the latest employment statistics from the ONS, please see:

For Robin’s previous statements on employment, please see: