New Figures showing a further drop in unemployment have been welcomed by Polegate MP, Maria Caulfield.
This year will be remembered as one when so many records were achieved. Official national statistics show that the labour market has finished a record breaking year with unemployment down by over 100,000 people and the unemployment rate running at 4.8%.
Employment has consistently been running at an all-time high and there continues to be 31.8 million people in work, up by 2.7 million since 2010.
There have also been more women, older workers and ethnic minority groups in work than ever before. The number of women in work is at a record high of almost 15 million and long term unemployment is down by 31,000 since July.
Encouragingly, this good news was extended right across the UK, although the Government has stated that there remains more to do to help people of all backgrounds and abilities into work, which will remain a priority as it presses ahead with welfare reforms.
Welcoming the figures, Maria said, “I am delighted by these figures, showing unemployment at its lowest level in over a decade, and proving that this Conservative Government is working for everyone.
“I am particularly pleased to see that in Lewes the unemployment rate has dropped by 5% when compared with the same figures in 2015, and by 55% when compared with November 2010.
“I remain committed to doing all that I can to assist my constituents in getting back into work, and I will continue to ensure that this Government does everything it can to ensure that it continues to pay to be in work, rather than out of it.”