Local MP hails seven month unemployment drop

21 October 2012

Andrew Jones MPThe MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, Andrew Jones, has welcomed the positive news that unemployment figures in the constituency have dropped for the past seven months, as measured by number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.

The number of unemployed claimants in the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency in September was 1,248 which is a rate of 2.4 percent of the population aged 16 to 64.

This makes the constituency 570th out of 650. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

Andrew Jones MP said this is great news and proves that despite the tough economic times, the private sector continues to create jobs, encouraging people to return to work.

Andrew Jones said:

Harrogate and Knaresborough’s unemployment figures are much lower than the regional average and it is good to see that the number of people in employment is rising nationally too.

Over 400 local people who were unemployed in February are now working, opening up more opportunities and securing a better future for themselves and their families.

Andrew Jones can also be followed on twitter @AndrewJonesMP


1 Comment

  1. Glad to hear that local businesses are taking on more people – lets hope they stay employed in the leaner times of Jan and Feb –
    How about some more support for new businesses?

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