Huppert welcomes big fall in unemployment

Cambridge MP Julian Huppert has welcomed another fall in unemployment in Cambridge as the country as a whole records its biggest drop in 16 years.

Figures in the city showed that the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance last month dropped by 422 compared to the same period last year and was 93 lower than in April 2014.

Youth unemployment also continues downward with 210 claimants aged between 18 and 24 last month, 110 lower than in May 2013.

The number of long-term unemployed has also fallen with 235 people claiming for longer than 12 months compared to 370 during the same period last year.

“These figures for Cambridge and the country as a whole are clear indications that our economy is growing and that measures we have put in place to encourage that growth are working,” said Julian. “This is very good news.

“I am also encouraged to see that youth unemployment is continuing to fall. Our apprenticeship programme is proving hugely successful in the city and across the country and more and more young people are finding work placements and training. This means a brighter future for those young people and good news for business.

“Clearly, there is still some way to go to help those still out of work, especially the longer term unemployed. It is not easy for them and I hope their fortunes will soon change. But as our economy grows and businesses grow in confidence more opportunities will be created.”