Unemployment Below National Average in Carshalton and Wallington

August 20, 2010 1:46 PM

Unemployment figures published recently by the Office for National Statistics and House of Commons Library have shown that the number of unemployed claimants of Jobseeker's Allowance in Carshalton and Wallington is below the average for Parliamentary constituencies and has fallen over the past year.

The figures show that there were 1,879 claimants in the constituency in July, representing just 3.8% of the economically active population aged 16-64. To put this in perspective, the rate of unemployment for the same period nationally was 4.9% and in London overall it was 5.5%. This meant Carshalton and Wallington was ranked an impressively low 402nd out of 650 constituencies for unemployment.

Encouragingly, the July 2010 figure for those claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Carshalton and Wallington was down by 160 compared to the same month in 2009 - a fall of 7.8%. The decrease in claimants over the same period in London was 3.1%.

Local MP Tom Brake had this to say:

'We are lucky to have a relatively robust local economy here in Sutton, but I still meet constituents regularly who are struggling to make ends meet. I will continue to work hard to resolve their problems and raise awareness of their plight.'

'The Coalition is determined to deliver a stronger, greener and more sustainable economy.'

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