MP ‘pleased’ as unemployment falls in Crawley


The amount of people out of work in Crawley has fallen.

In May’s figures released by the Office of National statistics the jobless total across the town has fallen by more than 34 per cent over the past year.

The statistics also show a drop of around 64 per cent over the last five years with around 1,700 fewer people out of work.

The amount of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the town has also seen a dramatic drop over the last five years.

Figures show a decrease of 36 per cent over the last 12 months and a huge drop of around 76 per cent since 2010.

Henry Smith MP has welcomed the new figures stating he was very pleased with the results.

He said: “I am pleased that more people in our town are finding work. This means that more Crawley families have the stability and security of a regular pay packet.

“Getting more good jobs across the UK means we can renew our country as a place where people who work hard and do the right thing can get on in life.”

The Department for Work and Pensions confirmed the employment rate is at a record high of 73.5 per cent.

Since 2010, employment has increased across the South East of England with 264,898 more people in work.

Over the last year, 80 per cent of the jobs in the UK created have been full-time. Around one in 50 people in work are on zero-hours contracts. Action is being taken to clamp down on abuses by banning exclusivity contracts.

Mr Smith continued;

“Local companies are able to take on more staff thanks to initiatives such as the £2,000 Employment Allowance, which the Prime Minister has confirmed will continue under this Government.

“People in work will benefit from changes to the tax-free Personal Allowance, which has gone from £6,475 in 2010, to £10,600. This has seen more than 26 million people benefit, with over 3 million taken out of tax altogether. The typical taxpayer is paying £825 less in income tax as a result.

“Over the course of this parliament, the Allowance will increase further, to £12,500.

“The private sector has created over 2.3 million jobs since 2010. It is the responsibility of this Government to ensure the conditions continue for more opportunities to be created for more people.”

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