'Staggeringly great news' on Montgomeryshire jobs front, says MP Glyn Davies

Reporter:

Nick Knight

Glyn Davies, Conservative MP for Montgomeryshire, has welcomed the latest unemployment figures for Montgomeryshire, continuing the record levels of employment within the Constituency.

The Office of National Statistics has released figures which show that in November 2017, the number of claimants for Job Seekers Allowance in Montgomeryshire was 305. This represents one per cent of the economically active population aged 16-64, well below the UK average claimant rate of 2.5 per cent.

The number of claimants is down from 335 in October 2017, and is 75 lower than in November 2016.  

There were also only 75 claimants aged 18-24 within the constituency, 25 lower than in November 2016.

Glyn Davies MP said: “The latest unemployment statistics for Montgomeryshire continue the record levels of employment within the constituency. The employment rate is staggeringly high, and is far higher than when I first became Montgomeryshire MP in 2010.

“Today, Montgomeryshire has the 73rd highest level of employment out of 650 constituencies across the UK. What’s even more pleasing is that unemployment for those aged between 18-24 also continues to decrease, having fallen by a third from this time last year.

“Of course there is still much to do, but Montgomeryshire is certainly well placed to continue developing its employment base, and with businesses and employers continuing to expand with the constituency, the future looks bright.”

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nick.knight@nwn.co.uk

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  • nightlite

    11:11, 16 December 2017

    Let’s be clear, the number of JSA claimants is so low because all new claims made are now for 'Universal Credit' in Powys. They are also switching all single claimants to the new benefit system. The number will eventually be at zero... when Glyn Davies and the Tories will claim victory over unemployment no doubt. Glyn Davies, whilst he isn't actually lying, isn't telling you the whole truth and unfortunately no one is calling him out on it. The fact is that JSA is no longer an accurate record of unemployed in the County. You can only get the true number by adding those claiming Universal Credit. We all know someone out of work, think about it, you do. That's why Tory lies and half truths aren't adding up.

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