Today's unemployment figures showed unemployment in Croydon Central continuing to fall.
2,578 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in September. That's down 89 or over three per cent in the last month and 589 or nearly 19 per cent on a year ago.
The news regarding youth unemployment is more mixed. Of the 2,578 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in September, 610 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's up 25 or four per cent in the last month but down 300 or nearly 33 per cent on a year ago.
Despite the tough economic times we’ve been going through, unemployment is now over 12 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power and youth unemployment is nearly 21 per cent lower.
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.