Yesterday's unemployment figures showed unemployment in Croydon Central continuing to fall.
2,871 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in June. That's down 120 or nearly 4 per cent in the last month and 386 or more than 12 per cent on a year ago.
The news regarding youth unemployment is even better. Of the 2,871 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in June, 615 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's down 45 or nearly 7 per cent in the last month and 255 or nearly 29 per cent on a year ago. Despite the tough economic times we are going through, it is now nearly 20 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power.
There is absolutely no room for complacency. There are still far too many people out of work or in part time work when they would like a full time job. But these figures show that the Government's economic strategy is working. Across the country, more people are in work today than at any time in this country's history.