Justin Tomlinson MP has welcomed new figures today showing 224,000 more people in work across the South West since the last Labour Government and a record level of employment across the UK as a whole – with over 2.2 million more people enjoying the security of a job than in 2010.
In North Swindon the number of people claiming out of work benefits has fallen by 1318 – a 59% per cent drop – since 2010.
The figures also show that average pay is up 2.4 per cent while inflation is close to flat. This means working people across North Swindon are seeing their wages grow and our plan for a higher-employment and higher-wage economy is working.
With employment at a record 73.9 per cent, today’s official statistics show that our economic plan is working – creating jobs and growing pay packets for families in North Swindon as we continue to move towards the goal of full employment that we committed to in our manifesto.
Jobs are being created in North Swindon by companies such as Honda and Honda Logistics, who both recently announced that new jobs would be created as a result of a £200 million investment into the Swindon Honda site.
Justin Tomlinson said: ‘Today’s figures are good news for families in North Swindon this Christmas. With employment at a record high – driven by an increase in full-time work – and wages continuing to grow above inflation, our plan for a higher-employment, higher-wage economy is working. We can see that here in North Swindon with new jobs being created and more money being invested by a range of businesses – from global names to SME’s.
‘The figures also show the number of local people relying on out of work benefits has fallen by 1318 since 2010 – a staggering 59% drop.
“Even as we end the year on a high, we cannot rest. Nearly 750,000 job vacancies show we have an opportunity to help even more unemployed people back into work. And with the introduction next year of the National Living Wage and 30 hours free childcare for working families, we will continue to work towards a higher-wage, lower-welfare society with opportunity and security at its heart.’