Figures released by the House of Commons library recently show that unemployment in North West Hampshire has fallen to its lowest level for six years.
Figures for August 2014 show that there were only 503 Job Seekers Allowance claimants in the whole constituency that stretches from Andover to Tadley. Back In August 2009 there were 1,339 JSA claimants. This represents a 60% fall in jobless numbers since the last general election.
Youth unemployment has fallen even further with a 72% reduction in the same period leaving only 105 people under 24 years old claiming Job Seekers Allowance.
Kit Malthouse, Conservative Candidate for North West Hampshire said: “This is really encouraging news. North West Hants has amongst the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country. It is a very hard working and productive part of England. But we can’t rest on our laurels, there is still work to do to help our businesses grow and prosper. We also have to improve our skills so that we can raise average wage rates across the board.”
“No one said it would be easy bringing the country back from the brink of financial disaster after the crash. Making it a priority to get the economy back on track has certainly paid off for Andover and the rest of the constituency and I hope we will see these numbers fall even further.”