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New figures show we are delivering greater economic security for families in Huntingdonshire this Christmas

18th December 2015

Jonathan Djanogly has welcomed new figures today showing 265,000 more people in work across the East of England since 2010 and a record level of employment across the UK as a whole – with over 2.2 million more people enjoying the security of a job than in 2010.

In the Huntingdon constituency, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen by 996 - a 68 per cent drop – since 2010.

The figures also show that average pay is up 2.4 per cent while inflation is close to flat. This means working people across Huntingdonshire are seeing their wages grow and our plan for a higher-employment and higher-wage economy is working.

With employment at a record 73.9 per cent, today’s official statistics show that our economic plan is working – creating jobs and growing pay packets for families in Huntingdonshire as we continue to move towards the goal of full employment that we committed to in our manifesto.

Jonathan Djanogly said:

‘Today’s figures are good news for families in Huntingdonshire this Christmas. With employment at a record high – driven by an increase in full-time work – and wages continuing to grow above inflation, our plan for a higher-employment, higher-wage economy is working.

‘The figures also show the number of people in my constituency relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen by 996 since 2010 – a 68 per cent drop.

‘Even as we end the year on a high, we cannot rest. Nearly 750,000 job vacancies show we have an opportunity to help even more unemployed people back into work. And with the introduction next year of the National Living Wage and 30 hours free childcare for working families, we will continue to work towards a higher-wage, lower-welfare society with opportunity and security at its heart.’

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