Figures released from the House of Commons’ Library show that the number of unemployed claimants in South West Bedfordshire in October 2018 was 510. This represents a rate of 0.9% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The total number of claimants is 60 lower than October 2017. The number of claimants is 75% lower than October 2010. Three-quarters of the rise in employment nationally has been in full-time work and over 70% has been in higher skilled occupations. On average, over a thousand people have moved into work every day since 2010.

South West Bedfordshire MP, Andrew Selous said:

“I am delighted to see that the number of claimants is going down.   It is businesses like Palagan in Dunstable, which I visited last week, who are helping to create more jobs in the constituency and who recently announced a £1.2 million manufacturing investment to make more environmentally efficient plastic packaging films.”