Andrew Jones MP

Local unemployment drops to its lowest level since the general election

17 October 2013

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

The number of unemployed claimants in the Harrogate and Knaresborough constituency in September was 839 which is a rate of 1.6 percent of the population aged 16 to 64.

This makes the constituency 603rd highest of 650. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.). This is an improvement of 33 places on this time last year when the constituency was ranked 570th.

Andrew Jones MP hailed the result as continuing evidence that the local economy is getting stronger:

Harrogate and Knaresborough’s unemployment figures are much lower than the regional average and have fallen dramatically since May 2010. This month 839 people across the constituency are unemployed – 50 fewer than in the previous month. In May 2010 there were nearly 1400 people registered as unemployed in this constituency.

These results and the significant reduction in unemployment locally over the last few years are good news for those who have found a job and their families. That said, we must continue to ensure that our local economy grows, that people have the skills employers need and that as many people as possible are given the opportunity to be in work or training.

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