Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North, has today commented on the Labour Market Statistics released showing that Norwich North is still performing much better than the UK in terms of those out of work.
The monthly Labour Market statistics have shown that unemployment in Norwich stands at 1.7%, which is ahead of the UK equivalent of 2.2%. This figure represents the economically active population aged between 16-64.
Although the overall claimant count in Norwich has risen by 30 compared to last month, this can be compared to a similar in-month rise for the same period last year, and can be attributed to expected seasonal factors. The House of Commons Library also notes that the method of counting claimants of Universal Credit can increase figures at present.
Whilst Norwich is doing well, the national picture also shows a new record high employment rate.
Chloe comments: “It is really encouraging to see that unemployment remains low in Norwich, and as a country we are seeing record employment. This means more people in work, with the ability to get on. Because the government is taking care of the national economy, we see the positive consequences for people in Norwich. There are good jobs available.
“I meet regularly with local employers, many of whom tell me that are looking at expansion opportunities, which will bring more job opportunities. As founder and chair of the Norwich For Jobs Project, this is really encouraging, as it means more opportunities for young people to find work.”