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Latest figures show unemployment in Croydon Central has fallen yet again
19/03/2014 11:57:00


2,278 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in February. That's down 51 or 2.2 per cent in the last month and 964 or 29.7 per cent on a year ago.

The news regarding youth unemployment is more mixed. Of the 2,278 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in February, 530 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's up 40 or 8.2 per cent in the last month but down 305 or 36.5 per cent on a year ago.

Despite the tough economic times, unemployment in Croydon Central is now 23 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power and youth unemployment is 31 per cent lower.

Across the country, more people are in work today than at any time in this country's history (1.35 million more than when Labour left office). 94% of the new jobs created in the last year 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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