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Jan 22 2016

Bob Says: Delivering Greater Economic Security in Harrow East

bob_blackmanBob Blackman: new jobs figures show we are delivering greater economic security for families in Harrow East

Bob Blackman has welcomed new figures today showing that 561,000 more people are in work across London since Labour were last in power, with a record level of employment across the UK as a whole; over 2.3 million more people enjoying the security of a job than in 2010.

In Harrow East, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit while not in employment has fallen by 916 – a 56 per cent drop – since 2010.

The figures also show that wages are continuing to grow strongly, with average total pay up 2.0 per cent, while inflation is close to flat. This means working people across Harrow East are seeing their wages grow and our plan for a higher-employment and higher-wage economy is working.

With employment at a record 74.0 per cent, and the majority of the increase in employment over the last year in full-time jobs, today’s statistics show that our economic plan is working. It’s creating jobs and growing pay packets for families in Harrow as we continue to move towards the goal of full employment that we committed to in our manifesto.

Bob Blackman MP, commented: “Today’s figures are excellent news for local families, marking an important milestone in the road to full employment. With employment at the highest rate in our history, wages continuing to grow above inflation, and the unemployment rate now below the level we last saw before Labour’s Great Recession, it’s clear our economic plan is working.”

He continued: “We can see that here in my constituency of Harrow East, where the number of people relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit while out of work has fallen by a whopping 56 per cent since 2010. Each new job mean a worker and their family with the security of a pay packet. With Britain facing a dangerous cocktail of new risks in the global economy this year it’s more important than ever that we stick to our plan to fix Britain’s finances, as we continue to work to deliver security for families here in Harrow and across the UK.”

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