MP welcomes further fall in unemployment

May 20, 2013 6:58 PM

Tom Brake MP has welcomed the news of yet another fall in unemployment in Carshalton and Wallington.

The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) locally in April 2013 was 1,978 - 61 fewer than in March 2013 and 118 fewer than in April 2012. The figures published by the Office of National Statistics (NOS) last week show youth unemployment at its lowest since May 2010.

Tom said:

"The falling number of JSA claimants in Carshalton and Wallington is excellent news. It is excellent news for the many hard-working people and families behind those numbers, for the businesses creating these jobs and for the community as a whole."

"Whilst the economic situation around the world remains difficult, it is good to see unemployment falling and more people in work. It proves that our economy is on the right track."

The data comes from the figures published by the NOS on May 15. At 3.9%, the JSA claimant rate in Carshalton and Wallington last month was below the London average of 5.1% and the UK-wide rate of 4.9%. However, the number of people locally who have been receiving JSA for more than 12 months has increased by 22% between April 2012 and April 2013.

The number of JSA claimants in the 18-24 age groups has seen the most dramatic fall. At 5.3% of the 18-24 year olds claiming JSA in Carshalton and Wallington, the youth unemployment is at its lowest since May 2010. There were 155 fewer JSA recipients in this age group in April 2013 than the same period last year and 70 fewer than May 2010.

Tom added:

"It is great to see the number of young people in Carshalton and Wallington claiming JSA at its lowest since May 2010. However, there is no room for complacency. Evidently, more needs to be done to provide opportunities for the long-term unemployed."

"I will continue to make this my priority as an MP and work to ensure that the economic recovery continues."

Nationally, the number of JSA claimants fell by 4.8% between April 2012 and April 2013. The UK-wide rate of JSA claimants among the 18-24 year olds fell by 13.8% - from 467,000 in April 2012 to 403,005 in the same period his year.

These data are not seasonally adjusted

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