Figures released yesterday from the independent Office of National Statistics show that the number of unemployed claimants in the South West Bedfordshire constituency in September 2017 was 555. This represents a rate of 1.0% of the economically active population aged 16-64, the 581st highest of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate.)The total number of claimants for Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit is 5 lower than September 2016 and 10 lower than August 2017.
Commenting on the figures South West Bedfordshire MP Andrew Selous said:
“I am delighted to see that more people locally now have the security of a monthly pay packet as they go out to work. There are now 3 million more people in work and 1 million more businesses than in 2010”. Having tracked unemployment very carefully in South West Bedfordshire over recent years, the relative position of South West Bedfordshire against other constituencies has improved markedly.”
“Back in September 2011 for example, South West Bedfordshire had the 383rd highest rate of unemployment of all 650 constituencies. In September 2017 South West Bedfordshire has improved by over 200 places in the rankings to have 581st highest rate of unemployment of all 650 constituencies. This shows that the South West Bedfordshire constituency has done better than many other areas in reducing unemployment over the last 6 years.”