The number of people in Pendle claiming key out-of-work benefits has plummeted by 37% in the last five years, according to the latest set of labour market figures.
As unemployment figures in the United Kingdom drop to their lowest point in 10 years, Pendle is proving no exception to the rule, with 654 fewer people claiming out-of-work benefits from the government in the locality.
Conservative MP, Andrew Stephenson, has welcomed the news that unemployment across the UK remains at the joint lowest rate for over a decade – down nearly 900,000 since 2010 – as 192,000 more people find themselves back in work in the North West since 2010.
“Building an economy that works for everyone means making sure everyone can have the security of a regular income so they can provide for themselves and their family,” said Mr Stephenson. “Today’s figures are good news for families in Pendle and across the UK.”
The number of women in work in the UK is at a record high of almost 15 million , while youth unemployment is also down 352,000 since 2010. In total, there are 31.8 million people in work, up by 2.7 million since 2010 – an average of over 1,000 jobs created every day – and average wages, excluding bonuses, grew by 2.6 per cent over the last year.
Despite the positive figures, the MP, who has been Pendle’s Member of Parliament since 2010, warned: “There is more to do to help people of all backgrounds and abilities into work, which is why we will continue with our important reforms to welfare that are ensuring it always pays to be in work.
“It’s because of the measures we have taken to put our economy in a position of strength that we can build a country that works for everyone – with more people sharing in our country’s prosperity,” Mr Stephenson added.