UNEMPLOYMENT FALLS FURTHER IN SOUTH WEST BEDFORDSHIRE

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.”