Jenny Willott MP welcomes news of falling unemployment

January 23, 2013 3:35 PM

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell to 1.56 million last month, the lowest since June 2011.

There are now 29.7m people in work, more than ever before, with more than one million extra people in private sector jobs compared to the time of the election.

Commenting, Cardiff Central MP Jenny Willott said:

"The numbers released today show that we are on the right track. No one would claim that everything is perfect, and we are well aware that there is still a lot of work to do to get the economy moving again. But falling unemployment is a clear sign that we are making progress, and that the decisions being taken by the Coalition Government in the national interest are the right ones.

"The Coalition has set out to ensure that work always pays, and the welfare reforms currently being introduced are achieving this. But this also depends on the economy being in a state where jobs are being created and people are given the opportunity to work.

"Liberal Democrats are working to build a stronger economy and a fairer society so that everyone can get on in life. We need to do all we can to create the right environment for British businesses to thrive and have the confidence to take on more staff. These figures show that we are heading in the right direction."

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