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Latest figures show unemployment in Croydon Central has fallen yet again
22/01/2014 13:57:00


Today's unemployment figures showed unemployment in Croydon Central falling yet again.

2,310 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in December. That's down 38 or 1.6 per cent in the last month and 838 or 26.6 per cent on a year ago.

The news regarding youth unemployment is even better. Of the 2,310 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in October, 505 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's down 40 or 7.3 per cent in the last month and 330 or 39.5 per cent on a year ago.

Despite the tough economic times, unemployment in Croydon Central is now over 21.5 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power and youth unemployment is nearly 34.4 per cent lower.

Across the country, more people are in work today than at any time in this country's history (1.3 million more than when Labour left office). Nearly 80% of the new jobs created in the last quarter were full-time.

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 was right to take tough choices to get the deficit under control. Labour opposed those tough choices - Ed Miliband said they would lead to a million more unemployed. They got it wrong when they were in government, spending too much money in the good times, and now we know they were wrong about how to clean up the mess too.

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On 02/02/2014 21:55:00 Andy L wrote:
Yes it is good news that unemployment appears to be falling in Croydon Central. However I’d like to know how this compares to other areas of Croydon (North & South) and other constituencies of a similar size to Croydon Central. Perhaps you would be good enough to inform your readers where they can find the statistics to which you refer, so that they can compare performance in other London / South East constituencies? For example how many full time jobs were created in Croydon Central compared to other constituencies?

Publishing figures is all well and good, but in isolation like this they will only tell part of the story. So grateful if you could give the source for the figures you have quoted. Have these figures come from the Office for National Statistics? Perhaps you could confirm or provide a link to the relevant report. Thanks.

On 03/02/2014 09:36:00 Mario Creatura wrote:

Yes the data did come from the ONS - the data is refreshed monthly for the past month and you can find all the information here: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/rel/lms/labour-market-statistics/january-2014/index.html

For Croydon North:

Adult unemployment in May 2010 was 4,599 or 6.7%. As of December 2013 it was down to 3,630 or 5.3%.

Youth unemployment in May 2010 was 1,060 or 8.2%. As of December 2013 it was down a huge amount - to 730 or 5.7%.

For Croydon South:

Adult unemployment in May 2010 was 1,930 or 3.3%. As of December 2013 it was down to 1,278 or 2.2%.

Youth unemployment in May 2010 was 445 or 5.0%. As of December 2013 it was down to 270 or 3.0%





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