Thursday, 15 May 2014

Stephen Metcalfe MP: More jobs means a more secure future for people in South Basildon and East Thurrock

Local MP Stephen Metcalfe has welcomed new figures released today showing that unemployment has again fallen in South Basildon and East Thurrock.

The number of claimants in the local area is 752 lower than in April 2013 and 83 lower than in March 2014. In the South East as a whole, the number of people in work has increased by 212,000 since the last election. This means more people with the financial security of a regular pay packet, better able to provide for their families.

These figures are reflected nationally with 30.43 million people in employment. This is up 283,000 this quarter and 1.59 million since the election in 2010.

Mr Metcalfe commented: “It is fantastic news that unemployment continues to fall in South Basildon and East Thurrock and the wider area. In the South East there are 212,000 more people with a regular pay packet to bring home to their families and a more financially secure future.”

“Here in South Basildon and East Thurrock there are now fewer people on benefits than there were last year, with local people benefitting local investment and job creation. There is further to go, but as these figures show, the Conservatives’ long-term economic plan is working. We need to stick to this plan. It’s getting people off benefits and into work, delivering a more secure future for people in the local area and beyond.”