Today’s figures from the Office of National Statistics, showing a further fall in unemployment, are another welcome step in the right direction, though there's absolutely no room for complacency.
Total unemployment declined by 45,000 from January to March this year to 2.63 million, its lowest level since summer last year. And the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance fell during April - by nearly 3 per cent in Croydon Central. Youth unemployment was also down.
The number of people in employment has been growing for a number of months and it's good to see that the number of people unemployed is now moving in the right direction too. It's a sign that, despite the tough economic conditions caused by the uncertainty in the eurozone, the Government's policies are working and we should stick with them.