North East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has welcomed the news that employment across the UK continues to run at a record high, the unemployment rate has fallen to an 11-year low, and that according to this week’s figures there are 297,000 more people back in work in the Eastern region since 2010.

In North East Bedfordshire, the number of people claiming the key out of work benefits has fallen by 779 - a 56% per cent drop – since 2010.

Mr Burt said: “I am pleased to note these latest figures, and pay tribute to all who are working so hard to encourage jobs here. NE Bedfordshire’s strategic position, fifty miles north of London and at a junction of major trade routes, is encouraging the inward investment of new business to combine with longer standing local enterprises. Good education and training, together with continued investment in the infrastructure needed to sustain comfortably the growth of new housing, will be essential for the future.”

As well as the employment rate continuing to run at a record high, today’s figures show that wages are continuing to rise strongly. Youth unemployment is down by almost 350,000 since 2010, the number of disabled people in work has increased by 590,000 in the past three years, and the proportion of women in work is at a joint record high. Over 70 per cent of the rise in employment since 2010 has been from full time work.