MP Welcomes Dorset Employment Figures

Richard Drax Jobs club

Published at 7:43am 17th March 2016.

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset has welcomed new employment figures, both nationally and in South Dorset.

Richard Drax, MP for South Dorset has welcomed new employment figures, both nationally and in South Dorset.

The employment rate, announced by Chancellor George Osborne in today's Budget, is now a record, 74.1 per cent, with 31.4 million people in private sector jobs, while the claimant counts for Job Seekers' Allowance (JSA) and Universal Credit (UC) are the lowest in four decades.

Three quarters of all the new jobs - almost half a million in the last year - are full time, and wages have risen by an average of 2.2 per cent over the same period.

Unemployment has been cut overall by approximately a third since 2010 and has fallen close to its lowest rate in a decade, at 5.1 per cent.

"These are outstanding results," says Drax, "And I am particularly glad to see that in South Dorset, our JSA and UC claimants are down by 8 per cent since March 2015 and by a huge, 56 per cent, since 2010."

"I am also delighted to see that unemployment amongst 18 to 24 year olds in South Dorset is down by 35 per cent in the last year. That is a great step forward, and with new government initiatives on apprenticeships, I hope to see it fall even further."

"Unemployment in this country is now at half the Eurozone average, which is a great advertisement for our ability to go it alone."