Sir Jim Paice welcomes further fall in unemployment

Sir Jim Paice speaking in Parliament

Sir Jim Paice speaking in Parliament - Credit: Archant

Sir Jim Paice has welcomed news that unemployment has again fallen in his constituency.

The number of unemployed claimants in Sir Jim’s South East Cambridgeshire constituency is now 545.

This represents 0.9 per cent of the economically active population aged between 16 and 64.

Figures released on Wednesday by the Office for National Statistics show the number of unemployed claimants in the area is 507 lower than in August 2013 and 31 lower than in July 2014.

The constituency has one of the lowest rates of unemployment in Britain.

Nationally, the level of unemployment fell by 146,000 to 2.02m in the three months to August. The national unemployment rate now stands at 6.2 per cent.

Sir Jim said: “Today’s employment figures show that South East Cambridgeshire continues to have one of the lowest levels of unemployment anywhere in the UK, but there is no room for complacency.

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“We must continue to build our economic recovery to help those who remain out of work. That is why I support the continued efforts of this Government in increasing apprenticeships so that our young people can have a real start to their working lives.”