1,741 of my constituents claimed Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in September. That's down 66 or nearly 4.0 per cent in the last month and 837 or 32.5 per cent on a year ago.
The news regarding youth unemployment is nearly as good. Of the 1,741 Croydon Central residents claiming JSA in September, 425 were between the ages of 18 and 24. That's down 10 or 2.3 per cent in the last month and 185 or 30.3 per cent on a year ago.
Unemployment in Croydon Central is now 1,202 or 40.8 per cent lower than when the Coalition came to power and youth unemployment is 345 or 44.8 per cent lower.
Nationally, the fall in unemployment over the last twelve months is the largest since records began and larger than in any other advanced economy. Each month when I tweet the latest good news on jobs, various Labour activists reply claiming that all these new jobs are part-time and/or low paid. It’s not true. 1.26 million of the 1.72 million extra jobs that the British economy has created since May 2010 are full time. And two-thirds of them are in higher skilled professions.
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, borrowing too much money in the good times, and now we know they were wrong about how to clean up the mess too.