Monday, 4 May 2015

Local unemployment is down by 50% and apprenticeships are on the up

Locally unemployment rose under Labour in the last parliament, up from 543 people unemployed in 2005, to a peak of 1175 unemployed in 2010. 
Now, the number of Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in the Hexham constituency in Feb 2015 was 542, that is down 54% compared to it's peak under Labour.
There is more to do, but that is 633 more local people in a job, taking home a pay packet each month and being able to provide for their families.
Even pre-recession in January 2006 there were 628 people unemployed in the Hexham constituency, higher than the most recent figures.
Last year, 690 local young people started an apprenticeship, up from 430 under Labour in 2009/10. That means even more local young people are getting a good start in life. 
I am proud to have championed more jobs and apprenticeships for our area, and continue to be a passionate supporter of the Living Wage.