Local MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that employment across the UK is at its highest rate since comparable records began in 1971, according to the latest labour market figures, with 74.9% of people in employment. 

In Gosport, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 757 since 2010, representing a 53 per cent drop.

Today’s figures also showed that full-time employment is at a record high, there are over 537,000 more disabled people in work over the past three years and the number of women in work has increased by one million since 2010.

Caroline said:

“Today’s figures are another reminder that our strong economy is giving record numbers of people the chance to find and stay in work.  Unemployment is low, employment is high and there are over three quarters of a million vacancies. This is great news for Britain and for millions of ordinary working families. We’re committed to delivering a welfare system which transforms lives and offers help to those who need it most, whatever their background or wherever they are from.

Today’s figures are good news for families in Gosport and across the UK. Economic regeneration is an absolute priority for the Gosport area and it’s fabulous to see that more and more people are entering paid employment.”