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MP welcomes yet another unemployment drop & 4th lowest jobless rate in the UK

December 18, 2013 12:25 PM

Tim in WestminsterSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed figures which show a further fall in the number of unemployed people in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

The number of unemployed claimants in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in November 2013 was 382. This represents a rate of 0.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, and means our area has the 4th lowest unemployment rate in the United Kingdom.

The number of claimants is 151 lower than in November 2012, and 5 lower than in October 2013. The data is not seasonally adjusted.

Tim said: "Further falls in the number of people out of work is good news for South Lakeland, although the figures are not seasonally adjusted so they need to be greeted with some caution.

"Our area has a much lower than average unemployment rate, but that is no comfort to those seeking work. I am working hard with local businesses to encourage them to take on apprentices and take advantage of schemes to assist with employing people. I am also working with further education providers to make sure learning to support apprentices and other workers is in available."