Published: 7th March 2015
Mr Shelbrooke, who is also the Conservative Prospective Parliamentary Candidate (PPC) for Elmet and Rothwell, announced that this drop reflects the number of people getting off benefits and finding work. Figures from the ONS show that the most recent unemployment rate is 5.7 per cent nationally – down 2.3 points since the 2010 election.
“It would be wrong to suggest that all is perfect in the employment market, it is not. But I know local workers recognise that after the worst economic crash in recent history, it has been this government’s plan to lay the foundations for a strong economy.”
“It has been my plan to bring more jobs and investment to our area so these figures are incredibly positive. These new jobs are not insecure or poorly paid – three quarters of new jobs since the last election are full time, and as the figures also confirm, pay is now rising above inflation,” Mr Shelbrooke said.