Mark Reckless, MP for Rochester and Strood, has welcomed Office for National Statistics figures which show that unemployment in Rochester and Strood has continued to fall in line with the national trend.
The most recent figures show that the percentage of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance has fallen to 3.5%, down from 4.5% when Mark was elected in May 2010. It is the eighth consecutive month in a row where we have seen a fall in unemployment in Rochester and Strood this year and the first time that the claimant count has fallen below 2,000 since the general election (currently 1,917).
Mark, who opened last month’s Medway Jobs Fair alongside his colleague Tracey Crouch, also welcomed the continuing fall in youth unemployment in the constituency, down from 6.9% in May 2010 to 5.3% which means that there are now 180 more young people in work or training since Mark was elected.
Speaking of the latest ONS data, Mark said:
“It is great news that unemployment continues to fall in Rochester and Strood, in line with the national trend. Unemployment has been falling consistently in recent months and is now a full one percent lower than it was in May 2010 under the last Government.
I am also delighted that youth unemployment in the constituency has fallen by 1.6% to 5.3%, which compares favourably to the national average of 5.6%. I would like to thank everyone at Jobcentre Plus, Medway Council and all of the other local organisations who are working hard to get people off welfare and into training or work.
The most important thing for me is to ensure that my constituents feel the full benefit of the economic recovery, and this fall in unemployment is welcome. There is, however, always more to do and I will continue to work as hard as I possibly can to ensure that we finish the job which we have begun.”