Bradford MP welcomes unemployment decrease in constituency

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A Bradford has welcomed the release of November’s official unemployment statistics regarding his Bradford East constituency.

David Ward, MP for Bradford East, has seen figures continue to fall in recent months and has welcomed the decrease.

He said: “It’s an early Christmas present to know that unemployment is continuing to fall across my constituency and has in the main been falling gradually since the start of the year. We are now seeing a consistent reduction in unemployment.

“However, we should not be pulling on any party hats just yet. My constituency still has the 8th highest unemployment rate in the country so we cannot relax and must keep doing more to promote Bradford jobs and Bradford Businesses. We need to make sure that Bradfordians benefit from new opportunities like the Westfield development. This will create hundreds of jobs for local people, help develop skills in the local area and act as a pull to other business to set up in Bradford.”

The figures show those on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) falling by 99 people in November, a total of 4,922 people. This is the lowest figure since July 2011 where 4,658 people were claiming the JSA in Bradford East.

The number of claimants is 564 lower than in November 2012 and 99 lower than in November 2013. This represents a rate of 10.1% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, which is the 8th highest of the 650 UK constituencies. Youth unemployment has also been reduced by 75 people, the lowest figure since June 2011.

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