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  • MP WELCOMES LOWEST YOUTH UNEMPLOYMENT FIGURES ON RECORD

    16 March 2017
    Mel Stride

    CENTRAL DEVON MP Mel Stride has welcomed figures released yesterday (15/03/17) that show unemployment in the UK has fallen to its lowest level since 2005 and youth unemployment at its lowest ever level. Employment continues to run at a record high of 74.6% with 31.85million people in work. Welcoming the figures Mr Stride said:

    “This is another very good overall set of job figures, with some hugely encouraging specific indicators within them. Long-term unemployment is now lower than pre-recession 2008 levels, the number of 16-24 year olds who have left full-time education and are unemployed is 5.1% - a record low - and average weekly wages continue to grow well above inflation. The Government deserves a lot of credit for continuing to make the recovery of our economy and incentivising work two of its top priorities. Without a strong economy we cannot pay for the public services we all rely on.”

    The figures released by Office for National Statistics also showed the proportion of women in work is at a near-record high of 69.8% and overall UK unemployment now standing at 1.58 million; down 106,000 over the past year and down 925,000 since 2010. Within Mr Stride’s Central Devon constituency unemployment is down by 56% since 2010.







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