Gerald Vernon-Jackson called today’s positive labour market figures in the South East “no accident” and said Liberal Democrats in Government were delivering the recovery fairly.
Official figures show the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance in the South East fell by 3100 in the three months to the end of July. While total UK unemployment fell 146,000 to 2.02 million with the unemployment rate falling to 6.2% - its lowest since the last full quarter in 2008.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson said:
“The South East’s strong labour market performance hasn’t happened by accident.
“The Liberal Democrats have taken steps to ensure our labour market is fair and flexible - delivering opportunities for everyone and preventing exploitation of the most vulnerable.
“The employment growth that we are now witnessing is one of this Government’s key achievements.”
The Office for National Statistics figures also showed that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance nationally in August fell by 37,200 to 966,500. And average weekly earnings, excluding bonuses, in the May to July period, rose by 0.7% from a year earlier.
Gerald Vernon-Jackson added:
“Today we’ve had another remarkable set of labour market figures, which show that the recovery in the labour market has been broad based.
“In the past twelve months alone, employment has increased by 774,000, with private sector employment rising by 794,000 on the year.
“This has led to an almost record share of the UK working age population being in work.
“The fall in unemployment is the largest in over 25 years with the number of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance below one million for the first time since the recession.”