Gainsborough: MP hails another drop in unemployment figures

Edward Leigh MP
Edward Leigh MP

The unemployment rate in Gainsborough is continuing to drop as the latest figure reveals that the number of jobseekers stands at 1,457, a 23.8 per cent drop from the same time last year.

Gainsborough MP, Sir Edward Leigh, is pleased to see that the latest figures from the Department for Work and Pensions are continuing to fall.

He said: “I’m very pleased that we have 456 fewer people on the Jobseeker’s Allowance here in Gainsborough.”

“The number of young unemployed has declined as well, with a 24.8 per cent drop in the number of unemployed ages 18-24 here in the constituency.”

“The private sector is driving growth, The increase in private-sector employment is over five times the fall in public sector jobs, and we have nearly 2.2m more people employed in the private sector than in 2010.”

“The overwhelming majority of these, 76 per cent, are in full-time jobs.”

“Overall, the country’s jobs-wanted figure is at 718,000, the highest number since records began.”

Employment Minister, Esther McVey, said: “More people than ever before are in work and securing a better life for themselves and their families.”

“There are record numbers of people in work in the East Midlands, with 82,000 more people in work than this time last year.”

“Thanks to this Government’s long-term economic plan, we are getting people into work, we are making work pay, and we are transforming people’s lives.”

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Iain Duncan Smith, said: “With unemployment continuing to fall, wages rising, and a record number of people in work, it’s clear that the Government’s long-term economic plan to get the country back on track is working.”

“In the week that Universal Credit started its nationwide roll out, these figures show that a reformed welfare system goes hand in hand with helping people to take advantage of the record number of vacancies available.”

“The jobs-led recovery is changing people’s lives for the better on a daily basis.”

“We are getting people into work, making work pay, and in so doing we are ensuring a better future for Britain.”