MP says job figures show strength of economy

Alistair Burt
Alistair Burt

Latest employment figures for Bedfordshire continue to demonstrate the strength of the local and regional economy, NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has said.

Mr Burt said the latest figures showed that the east of England, from house building to retail and business development, was continuing to offer good quality job opportunities to those looking at all ages.

Mr Burt said: “Latest figures show that in the NE Bedfordshire constituency there were 763 Job Seekers Allowance claimants, a fall of 37% from this time last year.

“For those over 50 the fall was 30%, and even better for those aged 18-24, with a fall of 42%. As we see more building and retail development in the area, this will feed through into continuing good job prospects, both for local opportunities and those reached by road and rail in the region nearby.

“Whilst things are still tough on pay, and remain not easy for some families, I hope that the growing strength of the economy all round in our area will continue to provide new opportunities for full and part time work.”