Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Job figures good news for Cambridge

New figures which show that unemployment is continuing to fall in Cambridge as more and more jobseekers find work has been welcomed by the city’s MP, Julian Huppert.

There are 776 people - 1.4 per cent of the working population - claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance in the city. The figure is 552 lower than in August last year and 37 lower than in July 2014. Unemployment is now less than half what it was at the time of the last General Election.

And youth unemployment is heading down month on month as well with 155 18 to 24-year-olds claiming compared to 295 during the same period last year, with youth unemployment now about a third of what it was in May 2010.

The good news for Cambridge comes as UK unemployment figures generally show a fall of 146,000 to 2.02 million.

Julian said: “We have seen real employment growth here in Cambridge month by month and it’s bringing really good news for all those seeking work.

“The measures we have put in place in government, apprenticeships, training places and work experience for our young people and support for businesses generally are really starting to pay off.

“Nationally, the fall in unemployment is the largest in more than 25 years with the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance below one million for the first time since the economic downturn.

“I hope this good news will give renewed hope to all those who are still seeking work. It’s extremely hard for those families who are struggling with unemployment. I hope their fortunes will change soon as more and more businesses feel confident to move forward.”