Chloe Smith, Member of Parliament for Norwich North has welcomed statistics for November 2018 that show that Norwich North is ahead of the country in terms of unemployment. The figures from the Office of National statistics show that the unemployment rate for Norwich North is just 785, which represents 1.8% of the economically active population; whilst the equivalent UK claimant rate stands at 3.0%.
The number of claimants in Norwich North is 25 lower than in October 2018, and for those aged 18-24, there were just 140 claimants, which is 35 lower than this time last year.
Statistics have also shown that employment is at a record high, and wages are rising at their fastest pace in a decade, meaning more people than ever before have the security of a regular pay packet.
The Government are helping people into work by reforming welfare so work always pays, while backing businesses to create more, better paying jobs across the whole country through the modern Industrial Strategy.
Since 2010, the Government has helped over 3.4 million more people into work and reduced the number of people who are unemployed by over 1.1 million – meaning more people have the security of a job and are able to provide for their families.
Chloe comments: “Bringing good quality jobs to Norwich is one of my key priorities; these figures show that Norwich is moving in the right direction across all ages categories. I particularly welcome the statistics showing that number of young unemployed people have fallen compared to this time last year. As Founder and Chair of the Norwich for Jobs project, it is important to me to see that young people are not left behind. Every person in employment is an individual, with a story of their own, and I would encourage local employers to rise to the challenge of seeing if they can help change a life through offering someone a job.”
 The economically active population are those aged between 16-64 years.