Gavin Williamson, MP for South Staffordshire, has welcomed the news that employment across the UK has reached its highest rate since records began, and that unemployment remains at its lowest level for 11 years – down over 900,000 since 2010.
It’s also great news in the West Midlands where 216,000 more people are back in work in since 2010.
In South Staffordshire, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 1288 – a 65 per cent drop – since 2010.
Today’s figures also show wages continuing to grow strongly, the youth unemployment rate at its lowest since 2005, the rate of women in employment at a record high, and the number of disabled people in work up by nearly 600,000 over the past three years.
Commenting on the record high employment figures Gavin said: “This is great news for our country and for local people, with the number of people in South Staffordshire relying on the key out of work benefits down 65 per cent since 2010, while the employment level nationwide has hit a record high.
“It shows that our on-going welfare reforms are working – continuing to incentivise work and making sure the system is fair to all those who need it and those who pay for it.
“Conservatives have made real progress creating a strong economy and helping people into work, and we will continue that work as we build a country that works for everyone – with more people sharing in our country’s prosperity.”