Tom Brake MP has welcomed this week’s news that Jobseeker’s Allowance figures for Carshalton and Wallington have fallen to just 1.9%.
This represents a rate of 1.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 in Carshalton and Wallington, the 431st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. With 1st equalling the highest rate of unemployment and 650th representing the lowest rate of unemployment, this week’s figures show Carshalton and Wallington close to the bottom third in unemployment in the UK.
Encouragingly, the number of claimants is 493 lower than in February 2014 and 15 lower than in January 2015. This demonstrates a steady decrease in claimants over time, which has been helped by Liberal Democrat policies such as new business grants, helping to start 2,660 new apprenticeships in the constituency since 2010.
Figures now show that 1,045 people have been taken out of unemployment in the constituency since 2010, more than half of those who were unemployed at the start of the Coalition Government.
Commenting on the figures, Tom Brake said: “In am proud that the Liberal Democrats in Government are creating opportunity for all by creating thousands of jobs across the country. The impact of this is clearly seen in this month’s figures. It is extremely encouraging to see such a drop in those relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance in my own constituency.”