Figures released from the House of Commons’ Library show that the number of unemployed claimants in South West Bedfordshire in December 2018 was 495. This represents a rate of 0.9% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The total number of claimants is 80 lower than December 2017 and 40 lower than November 2018. The number of claimants is 74% lower than December 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:

“It is excellent to see that the UK now has a higher employment rate than Spain, Belgium, France or Ireland and that is all down to the dedication of workers and staff in businesses like Collins Aerospace, Signature Flatbreads, Palagan Limited and Satco Plastics Limited who have done so much to create jobs and opportunities to give people the security of a monthly pay packet in South West Bedfordshire.”