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Jobless low 'remarkable' but no let-up

Joshua Godfrey 5th Feb, 2016 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

WORCESTER’S MP has expressed his hope unemployment will remain as low as ‘humanly possible’ after the jobless rate in the city fell to its lowest level on record.

Official figures released by the Office for National Statistics last Wednesday (January 20) revealed the unemployment count in December stood at 860, down by 50 compared to the month before- the lowest figures on record.

Youth unemployment in Worcester is also tumbling, with just 195 young people now claiming out-of-work benefits.

The city’s MP, Robin Walker, described the figures as ‘remarkable,’ but warned against becoming complacent in the future.

He vowed to keep up the pressure on the Government and businesses to get even more people back into work.

“These are quite simply the best figures ever recorded for Worcester as a city and for our county.

“The decline in unemployment has been remarkable but it is by no means something we can take for granted,” Mr Walker said.

“I want to make sure that Government, business and every organisation is doing all it can to create new opportunities for people and I want to make sure we keep unemployment as low as humanly possible.”

“Whilst the record of the last few years has been a remarkable transformation of the jobs figures and the hopes and chances of thousands of people in Worcestershire there is never an excuse for letting up.

“We need to grab this opportunity to target the dream of eliminating youth unemployment,” he added.

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