Lucy pleased with continued fall in youth unemployment

Telford MP, Lucy Allan is pleased to see that youth unemployment in Telford has continued to fall, with 60 less young people out of work than this time last year, a drop of some 19.4%.


Young people are categorised as those between the ages of 18-24.


The latest figures released by the Office of National Statistics and presented by the independent House of Commons Library cover June also show a decrease in claimant levels for all ages of 0.9% since June 2015.


In Telford the claimant rate (people claiming JSA or not in work and claiming Universal Credit) is 2.7%, slightly up on the UK average of 2.4%.


Nationally unemployment is down 201,000 over the last year, with an employment rate of 74.4% the highest since comparable records began in 1971. Two thirds of the rise in employment over the last year is in full-time work.


Pay before bonuses has also risen with, pay up 2.2% over the last year. Over the same period of time inflation has been low making people better off.


Commenting of the figures, Lucy Allan MP, said: “The continuing drop in youth employment is great news for young people and for Telford. Ensuring that young people are able to secure jobs is vital to their long-term prospects.


“One of my key election pledges was to help young people into work so naturally I’m delighted with this news. Whether it is meeting with businesses or having work experience placements I’m keen to see as many employment opportunities as possible created for young people in Telford.”


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