Local MP, Caroline Dinenage has welcomed the news that unemployment across the UK remains at the lowest rate for over a decade – down nearly 900,000 since 2010 – according to the latest labour market figures, with 329 000 more people back in work across the South East since 2010. 

In Gosport, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 857 since 2010, representing a 60 per cent drop.

Today’s figures also showed that the employment rate amongst women is at record levels, there are over 500,000 more disabled people in work over the past three years and the number of young people unemployed is now at the lowest level in over 12 years. 

Local MP Caroline Dinenage said:

“We start the New Year with another encouraging set of figures, which show the strength of our economy as we step up to the challenges of 2017. Long-term unemployment is the lowest it’s been since 2008, more women are working than ever before and youth unemployment is down by 360,000 since 2010. This is great news for families, as well as for the economy generally.

“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.”