There was more good news on unemployment today.
As those familiar with my previous posts on this issue will know, there are two measures of unemployment:
- the claimant count (the actual number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance), which fell 3,000 to 1.58 million in November. In Croydon Central, it fell by 32 to 3,137, a much larger percentage decrease than nationally; and
- an international definition that includes everyone looking and available for work whether or not they are claiming Jobseeker's Allowance, which fell by 82,000 between August and October, the biggest quarterly fall since 2001 (this data is based on a survey, rather than an actual count, and isn't therefore available by constituency).
There was also a significant fall in youth unemployment.
Employment rose 40,000 to 29.6 million, the highest figure since records began in 1971.
And the new jobs created were full-time - the number in full-time employment rose by 44,000 while the number in part-time employment fell by 4,000.
So whilst there is no room for complacency - there are still far too many people out of work - good news nationally and even better news locally.