Recent figures show that the unemployment claimant figure in Northampton North is down by a further 2% since 2015 and down by an enormous 1,225 (53%) since 2010. There is always more to do, but this is certainly very welcome and encouraging news.
A stable job and regular pay-cheque is the best way to help people out of poverty and the best way to give families a stable income. It is very encouraging that people are getting back to work in huge numbers since 2010. Indeed, national figures show that the number of people in work is now at a record high – no fewer than 3 million more people are in work since 2010, meaning that the number of people out of work is at the lowest level in over 40 years. Overall, the rate of unemployment is at its lowest since 1975 at 4.3%.
I have made every effort since I was first elected as the MP in 2010 to help my constituents find work. I have organised and hosted several large scale Jobs Fairs over the years in Northampton and recently I co-sponsored a Disability Confident event which helped to encourage local businesses to employ people with disabilities and health conditions.
I am very pleased that unemployment is continuing to fall both in Northampton North and nationwide and I will continue to help more people into work.