It's great to see the latest statistics which show that unemployment continues to fall in Mansfield and Warsop.
The total number of unemployed claimants in the Mansfield constituency in October was 1,210. This represents a rate of 2.4% of the economically active population aged 16-64. The number of claimants in Mansfield is 145 lower than October 2017 and 10 lower than September 2018. Meanwhile, there were 250 claimants aged 18-24 in August which is 85 lower than October 2017.
New figures show that real wages are rising at their fastest pace in nearly ten years. We are helping people into work by reforming welfare, backing businesses and delivering our modern Industrial Strategy to help create more, better paid jobs across the whole country.
It is really good news that youth unemployment has dropped substantially across the whole of the UK, including Mansfield. Youth unemployment has fallen by 49.3 per cent nationally since 2010, meaning that more young people are able to secure a job and build a career. There is still more to do and I am keen to ensure that people can access training opportunities and high quality jobs locally in Mansfield and Warsop. This is something that I will be focusing on as a priority over the coming months.