Unemployment toll falls by 986

April 26 2014

FIGURES published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of unemployment claimants in Bristol West has fallen by almost 1,000.

FIGURES published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of unemployment claimants in Bristol West has fallen by almost 1,000.
The number of unemployed people living in Bristol West, which includes Bishopston and Redland, is now 3,041 - 986 less claimants compared to March last year.
Statistics gathered at the end of last year revealed that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Bristol had fallen to its lowest level since February 2009.
Unemployment has also fallen across the country to a rate of 6.9 percent - the lowest level in five years. Wages are also growing faster than inflation.
Stephen Williams, MP for Bristol West and Communities Minister, said: "Thanks to the Liberal Democrats in the coalition government, growth is back and unemployment continues to fall. In the last year we have seen a consistent decline in unemployment in my constituency in Bristol West.
"With earnings now rising in line with prices and employment rising, today's figures reinforce the fact that this recovery would not be happening without the Liberal Democrats in government."