Chris has welcomed figures released this week by the Office for National Statistics showing that Tamworth still has a below average unemployment claimant count when compared to the rest of the United Kingdom.
The total number of unemployed claimants in the area represents a rate of 2.5% of the economically active population aged 16-24, whilst the equivalent nationwide claimant rate was 2.9%.
Across the country between July and September there were over 32 million people in work, 23,000 more compared with April to June 2018 and 350,000 more than last years’ figures.
Overall, since 2010, there are now 3.3 million more people in work and the number of unemployed people has been reduced by 1.1 million.
The latest data also shows that wages increased by 3.2 per cent and continue to rise faster than prices, an indication that real wages are improving slowly but steadily.
Youth unemployment in the country has similarly fallen by 49.3 per cent since 2010 to a level of just over 11%, which is promising in comparison to the still high levels of nearly 17% averaged in the Euro area.
Commenting on the news, Chris said:
“It is wonderful to hear that the hard working people of Tamworth are showing the country what self-sufficiency means. Whilst the Labour Party went from a party of wanting to get people into work 100 years ago, they are now in favour of a four-day week which would lower your earnings and put us on a path similar to the French where shops don’t open on Sundays or past 3pm each day.
“The Conservative Party is committed to building a stronger, fairer economy, creating jobs and opportunities to help people get on in life, and to establish a better future for themselves and their families.”