The number of people out of work in our district continues to fall amidst signs of economic recovery.
Figures show Job Seeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants in Morecambe and Lunesdale are down by 401 (18.8%) year-on-year according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.
In Lancaster and Fleetwood, 346 less people claimed JSA compared to last year, a 25.8% drop.
The Government said unemployment has dropped below 7% for the first time since the recession and employment has seen the biggest annual jump in a generation.
Unemployment in the North West as a whole fell by 7.6% for December 2013 to February 2014 compared to the previous three months.
David Morris, MP for Morecambe, said: “I am always pleased to see unemployment fall in the constituency.
“The more families that can bring home a pay packet the better.
“I am hearing all the time about businesses who are expanding as a result of the Heysham to M6 Link road.
“I will continue to shout about what a great place to live and work Morecambe & Lunesdale is.”
Eric Ollerenshaw, MP for Lancaster and Fleetwood, said: “The continuing drop in unemployment in Lancaster and Fleetwood is excellent news for all of us.
“With yesterday’s announcement that the UK has seen a drop in inflation, this is undeniable evidence that the Government’s long term economic plan is working.
“We are still in difficult times, with many families facing pressures on their budgets and with a lot of work still needing to be done to rebuild our economy. However today’s news supports the argument we have made all along that the only way to see rising living standards is to grow the economy.
“With local projects like the redevelopment of the castle, the M6 link-road, Primark and the future Lancaster Canal Corridor development, our city is seeing more investment and real economic growth.”
Joe Grice, chief economic adviser at the Office for National Statistics, said: “These figures - rising employment and falling unemployment and inactivity - continue the strong trend in the labour market that has been seen in recent months. Self-employment has again been a prominent growth area.”
Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: “These figures are some of the strongest evidence yet that we are embedding the recovery. We have record numbers in work and unemployment falling at the fastest rate in over a decade.
“With earnings now rising in line with prices and employment rising, these figures reinforce the fact that the only way to higher living standards is to take the difficult decisions needed to deliver our long-term economic plan.
“There is still a great deal more to do, but today’s announcement is solid progress on building the stronger economy in a fairer society that Liberal Democrats entered coalition to deliver.”
Jacqueline Corbett, Regional Manager of totaljobs.com, the online jobs board, said: “The figures will be a further boost for the region, which is opening up a large number of employment opportunities at present.
“Most recently, the Peel Ports Group have developed plans to redevelop ports in both Liverpool and Salford, which will create five thousand new jobs in the local area and become a platform to generate further opportunities down the line. Confidence in businesses is rising, so the government needs to do all it can to retain this confidence by continuing to invest in local infrastructure, and showcasing the benefits of relocating to the North to UK employers.”