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PRESS RELEASE: Matt warman welcomes fall in unemployment in Boston and Skegness

Matt Warman MP has welcomed the latest figures showing that unemployment in Boston and Skegness continues to fall.

The number of people in the constituency claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit while not in employment fell by 914 since June 2010, a 45 per cent decrease. Youth unemployment is also down, falling by 61 per cent in the same period.

Across the East Midlands, 141,668 more people are in work since the last Labour Government.

The figures also showed that wages are rising at the fastest rate in real terms since 2007 – rising for the eighth month in a row. Annual real wage growth is now at 3.2 per cent.

Matt said, “I am pleased that unemployment, and particularly youth unemployment, continues to fall in our area, while wages are rising.

There is still more to do, but the Conservatives’ plan for the economy is working to help businesses create jobs and support those who want to work. I will certainly continue to back the Government’s ambition to achieve full employment.”

 

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Notes to editors:

On 15 July 2015, the ONS published labour market statistics for the three months to May 2015 and the Claimant Count (Jobseeker’s Allowance) figures for June 2015. The number of people claiming Universal Credit while not in employment in June 2015 was also published (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 15 July 2015; DWP, Universal Credit, 15 July 2015).

  • Employment: 30.98 million (up 265,000 this year and up 1.93 million since 2010).
  • Employment rate: 73.3 per cent (up 0.5 points this year and up 3.1 points since 2010).
  • Unemployment: 1.85 million (down 273,000 this year and down 657,000 since 2010).
  • Unemployment rate: 5.6 per cent (down 0.8 points this year and down 2.3 points since 2010).
  • Claimant count (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit not in work): 804,200 in June (down 240,200 on last year and down 690,600 since 2010).
  • Wages: total pay is up 3.2 per cent. Inflation measured by the CPI over the same period was 0 per cent.