Today’s news of employment figures is fantastic for local people in the Chippenham constituency, figures show the total number of unemployed claimants in the area represents 1.2% of the economically active population. The equivalent UK claimant rate is 2.5%.
This rate in the Chippenham constituency is the 110th lowest rate out of the 650 Parliamentary constituencies in the country.
The number of claimants in the Chippenham constituency is 40 lower than July 2016. There were 120 claimants aged 18-24 in July 2017, 30 lower than July 2016.
The national UK unemployment rate, which includes people not claiming benefits was 4.4% between April and June 2017, down from 4.9% for a year earlier, the lowest level since 1975.
Our on-going welfare reforms are working – making a real difference for those who want to work and making sure the system is fair to everyone who needs it, along with taxpayers who pay for it.