FIGURES showing there are 179,000 more people in work across the West Midlands and 2.7 million more across the UK in work than in 2010, have been welcomed by Redditch MP Karen Lumley, MP.
In Redditch, the number of people claiming the out of work benefits has fallen by 1,324 – a 60 per cent drop – since 2010.
She said with employment so high, female employment rates were at their highest since records began and the proportion of young people who have left full-time education and are unemployed is at its lowest ever rate.
Figures show that the overall unemployment rate has dropped to below five per cent – the lowest since 2005.
“Because of the decisions Conservatives have taken over the past six years, the fundamentals of our economy are strong and will continue to be strong,” said Mrs Lumley.
“These figures show employment is growing across all the regions and nations of the United Kingdom as we build a Britain that works for everyone.
“Our job now is to build on this success and create an economy that works for everyone, so people can benefit from the opportunities that are being created regardless of who they are or where they live.”