Fylde unemployment falls again

Unemployment has fallen in Fylde again.

Fylde MP Mark Menzies has welcomed the figures, which show 655 unemployed claimants in the constituency in June 2018.

That's 40 fewer than June 2017. There are 25 fewer claimants than last month.

The figures also revealed the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming unemployment benefit has fallen by 20 year-on-year, to 95.

Mr Menzies said: "These are good figures - I am delighted to see fewer people out of work, and I am particularly pleased to see the reduction in young people not working.

"Our claimant rate is just 1.7 per cent of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, compared to around 2.8 per cent across the UK.

"Unemployment is now at its lowest level since 1975, the number of people in work is at a record high, and wages are rising faster than prices.

"These figures show we are creating jobs and opportunities to help people get on in life and build a better future for themselves and their families."

Employment statistics:

  • Nationally, employment is 32.4 million - up 388,000 over the last year and up by 3.35 million since 2010.
  • Unemployment is 1.41 million - down 84,000 over the past year and down by almost 1.1 million since 2010.
  • The latest figures show average weekly earnings for employees in real terms increased by 0.4 per cent excluding bonuses, compared with a year earlier.
  • There are 415,000 fewer young people out of work compared to 2010. 
  • Job vacancies are at 824,000 in the three months to June 2018 - up 30,000 on the previous year and by 358,000 since 2010.
  • With almost 1.5 million more women in work since 2010, the female employment rate is at a new record high of 71.3 per cent.
  • Youth unemployment has fallen by 44.2 per cent since 2010.
  • The UK has the 3rd highest employment rate in the G7.

In stark contrast to:

  • The number of unemployed people increased by one million in Labour’s last term in office.
  • Youth unemployment rose by 44 per cent under Labour.
  • The number of women unemployed rose by 25 per cent under Labour.
  • The number of households where no member had ever worked nearly doubled under Labour.
  • No Labour government has ever left office with unemployment lower than when it started.