David Mackintosh welcomes joint-lowest unemployment in 10 years

David Mackintosh has welcomed the news that unemployment across the UK remains at the joint lowest rate for over a decade – down nearly 900,000 since 2010 – according to the latest set of labour market figures out today, with 186,600 more people back in work in the East Midlands since 2010.

In Northampton South, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 1,381 – a 51 per cent drop – since 2010.

As well as unemployment continuing to run at a 10-year low, the number of women in work is at a record high of almost 15 million and youth unemployment is down 352,000 since 2010. There are 31.8 million people in work, up by 2.7 million since 2010 – that’s well over 1,000 jobs created on average every day – and average wages excluding bonuses grew by 2.6 per cent over the last year.

David Mackintosh, MP for Northampton South, said: “Building an economy that works for everyone means making sure everyone can have the security of a regular income so they can provide for themselves and their family.

‘Today’s figures are good news for families in Northampton South and across the UK. Unemployment continues to run at its joint lowest rate for over a decade, there are 186,600 more people back in work in the East Midlands since 2010, and the number of people in Northampton South relying on the key out of work benefits has fallen by 1,381 – a 51 per cent drop.

“But there is more to do to help people of all backgrounds and abilities into work, which is why we will continue with our important reforms to welfare that are ensuring it always pays to be in work.

“It’s because of the measures we have taken to put our economy in a position of strength that we can build a country that works for everyone – with more people sharing in our country’s prosperity.”

The total number of unemployed claimants in Northampton South constituency in November 2016 was 1,313. This represents a rate of 2.5 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.

This includes 952 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 361 people claiming Universal Credit who were required to seek work.

The total number of claimants (both Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit) is 50 lower than in November 2015 and 30 lower than in October 2016.