Delyn MP David Hanson has welcomed the latest Labour Market figures which show that there are record numbers of people in employment. The latest reports shows that employment is up, unemployment is down and numbers claiming benefits have fallen.
The latest figures show employment is up 132 thousand on the year, and up 84 thousand on the quarter. ILO unemployment is down 28 thousand on the quarter and down 53 thousand on the year. Economic inactivity is up 156 thousand on the year and down 1 thousand on the quarter.
The number claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell 4.2 thousand in August to 852.9 thousand. It is down 100 thousand over the year. Separate figures published by DWP in August show that in the year to February 2007 the number on incapacity benefits fell by 43 thousand to 2.66 million and the number on lone parent benefits fell by 6 thousand to 771 thousand.
David Hanson said:
“I am delighted with yet another set of very strong labour figures, with record numbers in work. Here in Delyn, unemployment has been reduced by 40% since 1997. Across the country, numbers on all main out of work benefits fall in total by around a million.
“The Government is determined to reach full employment and earlier this week the Prime Minister announced measures to fast track more lone parents into jobs that are vacant, and confirmed plans to help 250,000 people into jobs through the Local Employment Partnerships. These measures will help those that are hardest to reach make the move off benefits and into work.”
“I want to see Flintshire’s economy continue to develop, allowing even more people to take advantage of the job opportunities available”