Figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of claimants of unemployment benefits in July 2015 was 366, 249 lower than twelve months earlier. This represents a rate of 0.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 609th highest of the 650 United Kingdom constituencies. (1st = highest claimant rate, 650th = lowest claimant rate).
This includes 294 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and 72 people who were claiming Universal Credit but were not in employment. Some of these Universal Credit claimants may no longer be seeking work.
Mr Pincher said, “These figures show our local economy continues to improve – and that is good news for local people and their families. We must continue to develop Tamworth as an area for better skilled and better-paid jobs.
I want to see us be part of a Midlands engineering hub and a place where hi-tech firms come to do business. I will be working with our local councils, businesses and the government to make our aspiration a reality.”