Job figures welcomed by MP Hayes

MP John Hayes
MP John Hayes

MP John Hayes is delighted with the latest figures which show that unemployment in the area continues to fall, and has dropped to just to 2.6 per cent.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) fell to 1,281 in South Holland and the Deepings for March 2014 – a fall of 416 from a year previously, and 69 fewer than the previous month.

The member for South Holland and the Deepings said: “More people in work is clearly a great thing; good news for people, good news for local firms, and good news for the local economy.”

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also show unemployment falling in Lincolnshire, with a fall of 2,834 JSA claimants from the same time last year – a total of 12,219, the lowest for the county since 2008.

Nationally the number of unemployed fell by 77,000 in the last quarter, and fewer people are unemployed now than at any time since November 2008.

Mr Hayes added: “With 1.3 million more people in work than in 2010, and with youth unemployment having fallen for 17 consecutive months, we are making excellent progress. Compared to today, in 2009 there were 275,000 more workless households in Britain, and most shockingly of all there were 40,000 households in which no one had ever worked.