Unemployment down nationally, regionally, and locally


Unemployment in the UK is down by 57,000. It is lower than in May 2010.

Unemployment in Buckinghamshire is down – falling by 404 in June to stand at 5,437. It’s now at its lowest level since December 2008.

Unemployment in Wycombe is down by 194 from June 2012 and stands at 2,268, which almost a 10% annual decrease.

The number of people claiming out of work benefits is lower than at the general election and there are over half a million vacancies. Labour doesn’t want to hear good news. They said a million jobs would be lost and unemployment would soar. But we have seen British businesses rise to the challenge, with 1.3 million new private sector jobs created in three years – offsetting jobs lost in the public sector by three to one.

These figures are encouraging, but the Government is not complacent. Today’s statistics show that there are job opportunities out there for people who want to work hard and get on – and the Conservatives will back you every step of the way.

Here are further headline national statistics:

  • Unemployment level: 2.51 million (down 57,000 on the previous quarter).
  • Unemployment rate: 7.8 per cent (down 0.2 per cent on the previous quarter).
  • Employment level: 29.71 million (up 16,000 on the previous quarter).
  • Employment rate: 71.4 per cent (down 0.1 per cent on the previous quarter; up 0.6 per cent on the year).
  • Full-time employment level: 21.68 million (up 28,000 on the previous quarter).
  • Youth (16-24) unemployment level: 959,000 (down 20,000 on the previous quarter).
  • Claimant count: 1.48 million in June 2013 (down 21,200 on May 2013 – it is now lower than in May 2010).

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