Unemployment figures show drop in number of job seekers

By Chris Betteley in Other News

UNEMPLOYMENT figures which show a continued fall in those claiming job-seeker benefits in Montgomeryshire have been welcomed.

The Office of National Statistics figures show that in May, the number of claimants for Job Seekers’ Allowance in Montgomeryshire was 365 - 1.2 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.

The figure is well below the UK average claimant rate of 2.6 per cent.

The number of claimants is down from 375 in April, and is 75 lower than the same month last year.

There were also 100 claimants aged 18 to 24 within the constituency, 30 lower than in May 2016.

Montgomeryshire MP Glyn Davies said the statistics are “hugely impressive”.

“Unemployment in Montgomeryshire has been reduced to incredibly low levels - far lower than I ever thought possible when I was first elected as an MP seven years ago,” he said.

“It is also very pleasing that Montgomeryshire remains the constituency with the lowest rate of unemployment in Wales. I am particularly pleased to see the number of 18 to 24-year-olds fall significantly. During the election campaign there was little attention paid to issues around the economy, and unemployment. Without a successful economy, there won’t be the money needed to pay for public services."

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