Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed today’s employment figures that show that the last three months have seen the highest growth in the number of people in work since 1997.
Figures show that 175,000 more people found a job over the last quarter, swelling the total to a record 29.36 million.
At the same time the independent figures from the Office for National Statistics show the numbers claiming unemployment benefit fell for the 15th consecutive month to 807,700, the lowest it has been for over 30 years.
David Hanson said:
“These figures confirm once again that the UK economy remains strong with more people in work and taking advantage of the opportunities available.
“The Government’s welfare reform programme mean people that could have otherwise been left behind are being given the chance to fulfill their potential through work. Local Employment Partnerships are already proving popular with businesses helping to get long-term benefit claimants back into work.
“It is also encouraging to see people from a range of age groups finding employment. Over the last three months 60,000 more 16-24 year old people found jobs, whilst 95,000 more people over 50 found employment.
“The North Wales economy remains strong and I will continue to fight for local business and investment in the area.”