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MP welcomes fall in long term youth unemployment

Thursday, 29th May 2014.

New figures show that long term youth unemployment in Haverhill has fallen by 64 per cent since April 2013.

The only measure of unemployment available at a local level in Haverhill is the claimant count. This records the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in an area.

Long term youth claimants are those aged 24 and under who have been claiming for more than six months.

Overall unemployment in Haverhill has fallen by 38 per cent since April last year and 46 per cent since its peak in 2009.

The unemployment rate in Haverhill has fallen faster than the national average which fell by 25 per cent over the last year.

Matthew Hancock MP commenting on the figures said: “This steep decline in unemployment is fantastic news for Haverhill.

"We have made real progress and local people are starting to get back into work. I am delighted to see so many young people finding their way into a job, building the confidence and skills they need for the future.

"More and more local businesses are taking on apprentices as both employers and employees stand to benefit enormously from new apprenticeships.

"A huge thanks must be given to local schools and employers, the brilliant Job Centre Plus and the residents in Haverhill who are finding the confidence to go back into sustained work and support their families.

"Although there is still a lot more to do, these figures show that our long term economic plan is working.”

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