Richard Benyon has today welcomed new figures showing that 1,090 fewer people in the Newbury constituency are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to 2010 – a 71 per cent drop.
What is more, the Office for National Statistics has this morning published unemployment figures for April 2015. These statistics highlight the total number of Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in the Newbury constituency was 437 people, a fall of 259 people from this time last year.
Richard said: “The Conservatives are committed to full employment, so everyone who wants to work can have the security of a regular pay packet. Supporting local businesses will ensure more good jobs across our region and will serve to renew our country as a place where ambition and hard work is rewarded”.
He continued: “I am pleased, but not complacent with today’s unemployment figures for Newbury. However, an unemployment rate of 0.8 per cent – 621 highest of the 650 constituencies in the UK – highlights the growth of our local economy and the success of our Conservative policies. I said throughout my campaign for re-election that I wanted everyone to feel the benefits of this recovery, and it is important we continue to support those out of work find a job”.