Jo welcomes another fall in unemployment

Figures released yesterday from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) have shown that the rate of unemployment in Orpington has fallen since last year, good news which is also being replicated across the country.

In Orpington, the total number of unemployed claimants has fallen to 460, which is a significant drop from the rate of 505 in December of 2016. This represents an unemployment rate of only 1.0% amongst Orpington’s economically active population aged 16-64.

Jo Johnson MP said: “I welcome these latest figures which demonstrate the strength of Orpington’s local economy. I am delighted to see more people in work, many of whom will have more money and the option to pursue a wider range of opportunities.”

Across the UK as a whole, employment is now at a record high of 75.3 per cent, the highest it has been since forty years ago in the early 1970s. There are now 32.21 million people in work, an increase of 415,000 more than the June to August period of 2016. The full time employment level is now at 23.65 million – another new record high.

Jo added: “The continuing upward trend in employment in yesterday’s ONS figures further shows the government’s commitment to achieving an economy that works for everyone. Unemployment is down by over a million since the Conservatives came into office in 2010. This means that more people are now able to provide for their families and build a better future for themselves and their children.

However, there is no place for complacency, which is why the government remains committed to tackling the challenges our country faces: taking advantage of the opportunities Brexit presents while also having a balanced approach to government spending.”