fall in unemployment figures welcomed in Burnham area
figures out this week show unemployment has continued to fall
across the Burnham-On-Sea area.
provided by the House of Commons Library shows the number of people
in the Wells constituency - which includes Burnham-On-Sea and
Highbridge - claiming Jobseekers Allowance in February was
739, which is a fall of 33.7 percent compared to the same month
in 2014 when the number stood at 1,115.
18-24 year olds, the number of claimants was 180, down by 105
year-on-year, representing a fall of 36.8 percent. And among those
aged over 50, there was a fall of 17.4 percent with 190
claimants, a reduction of 40.
MP Tessa Munt said they are "brilliant figures". She
added: "They are very welcome local figures, particularly
coming out of the tourist season, that show the underlying economy
Heappey, the Conservatives election candidate, welcomed the news,
saying: "This is more good economic news for our area with
unemployment now down by 52 percent since 2010 and wages rising
above inflation, which is now down to zero. But the job is not
yet done and a change of government could see our economy take
a turn for the worse."
are continuing to rise above inflation, with data showing that
average weekly total pay (excluding bonuses) rose by 1.6 percent,
compared to the same month in 2014.