MP welcomes fall in number of unemployed

Henry Smith and Michael (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150420-100100008
Henry Smith and Michael (Pic by Jon Rigby) SUS-150420-100100008

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

New figures released by the Office of National statistics show 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 fall of around 76 per cent since 2010.

Crawley MP Henry Smith welcomed the latest figures.

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 across the country 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.

During 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 added;“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.

“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.”