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

January 22, 2014 11:40 AM

Tim at GilkesSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed todays unemployment figures from the Office of National Statistics, which show a further fall in the number of unemployed people in Westmorland and Lonsdale.

The number of unemployed people in Westmorland and Lonsdale constituency in December 2013 was 370. This represents a rate of 0.9% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 646th highest of the 650 UK parliamentary constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)

The number of claimants is 190 lower than in December 2012 and 12 lower than in November 2013. This 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 opportunities to support apprentices and other workers is available."