Amber Rudd welcomes record high employment across the UK

Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, has welcomed the news that employment across the UK has reached its highest rate since records began, and that unemployment remains at its lowest level for 11 years – down over 900,000 since 2010.

In Hastings and Rye, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 2310 – a 61 per cent drop – since 2010, and by 85 – a 5 per cent drop – since the same time last year.

Figures also show wages continuing to grow strongly, the youth unemployment rate at its lowest since 2005, the rate of women in employment at a record high, and the number of disabled people in work up by nearly 600,000 over the past three years.

Amber said:

‘This is great news for our country and for our local communities, with the number of people in Hastings and Rye relying on the key out of work benefits down 61 per cent since 2010, while the employment level nationwide has hit a record high.

‘It shows that our on-going welfare reforms are working – continuing to incentivise work and making sure the system is fair to all those who need it and those who pay for it.

‘We have made real progress creating a strong economy and helping people into work.

“However, I know there is more to do as we build a country that works for everyone. That is why I will continue to champion our area as a place to invest, and to hold Jobs and Apprenticeship Fairs in Hastings with the next one planned for later this year.”



Notes to Editors:

  • On 15 February 2017, the ONS published labour market statistics for the three months to December 2016 and the Claimant Count (Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit, not in work) figures for January 2017 (ONS, Labour Market Statistics, 15 February 2017, link).