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Unemployment in Bradford East cut by 40% since 2013

Unemployment in Bradford East has fallen again in November to 3,472, which represents a 40% cut since February 2013 and is at its lowest level for nearly six years since January 2009.

Bradford East MP, David Ward, has today warmly welcomed the release of November’s official unemployment statistics for his constituency, which shows that those claiming job seekers allowance has fallen by 186 people since October 2014 and tumbled 1,450 people in a year to 3,472. November’s figures represent a rate of 7.0% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. David-Ward-MP-Liberal-Democrat-1556017

The release of November’s unemployment figures show that unemployment in Bradford East has plummeted by almost 40% since February 2013, where 5,662 people claimed job seekers allowance, which is also the lowest levels seen in the area since January 2009 where the claimant count reached 3,453.

Unemployment in Bradford under this Government is now lower across the district than under the previous Labour Government in May 2010, with lower unemployment in the Bradford South, Bradford East, Keighley and Shipley constituencies.

The encouraging figures across Bradford were matched around the country with the Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in November falling by 26,900 to 900,100. The number of jobless people also fell across the country by 63,000 to 1.96 million over the quarter, its lowest level for six years.

Wage rises continue to outstrip inflation meaning that people will have more money for the weekly shopping. Average earnings grew by 1.6% with the rate of inflation down to a 12-year low of 1% as announced by the Bank of England on Tuesday.

Commenting, David Ward MP said:

“It’s a fantastic early Christmas present to learn that unemployment in Bradford East has been cut by almost 40% since 2013 and is at its lowest for almost 6 years. 

“This shows that the Lib Dems plans for the economy have been working and we are seeing a very solid growth in the economy and increased jobs across Bradford.

“Unemployment is now significantly lower here than under Labour and we need to make sure we continue to build on growth to ensure that we encourage more businesses and more jobs back to Bradford.”

 

 

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