According to employment figures released today, unemployment in this constituency has continued to fall in recent months. It's brilliant news that our economic prospects locally continue to improve and that more and more people have the security of a regular pay packet.
Unemployment has now fallen by 47% since 2010, including a 6% fall in the last 12 months, with employment at a record high and wages up by 2.3% over the year. Around 75% of these new jobs are full-time and there are close to 3/4 of a million vacancies available across the country too.
On top of that, youth unemployment has never been lower than it is right now.
We're delighted at these record breaking figures, boosting the living standards of people in my constituency.