Unemployment falls and new jobs created

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More than 800 fewer people in the Dunstable area are claiming unemployment benefit now compared to a year ago.

Figures released by the independent Office of National Statistics show that the number of out-of-work claimants in South West Bedfordshire in April 2014 was 1,313.

This represents the rate of 2.4% of economically active population aged 16-64 and is the 430th highest of all the 650 UK constituencies (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

The number of claimants is 843 lower than in April 2013 and 63 lower than in March 2014.

South West Beds MP Andrew Selous said: “I will continue to do everything I can to help local employers set up and expand their businesses. Nationally it is very good to see that 1.7 million new private sector jobs have been created in the last three years as well as 400,000 new businesses.

“It is also encouraging to see more people and more women in work than ever before as well as 70% of the increase in employment since the election being made up of full-time jobs. I am also very pleased that long term unemployment continues to fall.”