Last month, 464 people were recorded as unemployed, representing a rate of just 1.3 per cent of the economically active population. Compare this to the UK rate of 2.5 per cent, and the contrast is clear – our area continues to lead the rest of the UK in supplying jobs and getting people into work. Beyond this though, we have also improved on what Tynedale has achieved before. Unemployment in March was 31 lower than the month before, and 79 lower than March 2015.
As ever, there is always more to do. Full employment is not yet here, but the direction of travel is absolutely clear, and Tynedale is an example to the rest of the UK of where we want to be. Much credit is due to the efforts of the Job Centre Plus team. Our Jobs fair has played a small but vital to.e and we intend to have another one this Autumn.