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Jobs news gets better for Bath

Bath MP, Don Foster has welcomed the news that the number of unemployed claimants in Bath has continued to fall over the last year.

Steve at Paddy bashThe number of unemployed claimants in the Bath constituency in June 2014 was 775. This represents a rate of 1.8% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64. The number of claimants is 376 lower than in June 2013 and 88 lower that in May 2014.

Commenting Don Foster said: “This drop in unemployed claimants in Bath is a good indicator of the progress being made. There is a long way to go, but the economy is on the mend and jobs are crucial to building a stronger economy and a fairer society that allows everyone to get on in life.”

Locally, unemployment figures are well below the national average and regional average in Bath with unemployment standing at 5.2%. The national unemployment figure is just over 7% and the regional unemployment figure is 5.4%.

On a national lever, the employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1% only hit once before in 2005.

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem PPC for Bath, added: “These figures are great news for Bath and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally at the Council.”

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year.

Number of people in work equals record high

The number of people in work in the UK has equalled a record high showing we are on the road to recovery, Don Foster MP said today.

IMG_3245The employment rate has never been higher as the number of people in work reached a record high of 73.1 per cent only hit once before in 2005.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) said between March and May 30.64m people were in work, 254,000 more than between December and February and 929,000 more than a year earlier.

Commenting, Don Foster said: “Today’s news sends a powerful message that this country is on the road to recovery.

“More people up and down the country are in work as we build a stronger economy and a fairer society.”

Locally, unemployment figures are well below the national average and regional average in Bath with unemployment standing at 5.2%. The national unemployment figure is just over 7% and the regional unemployment figure is 5.4%

Commenting further, Steve Bradley, Lib Dem PPC for Bath: “These figures are great news for Bath and highlight the great work being done by the Lib Dems both in Government and locally at the Council.

“There are two million more people in private sector jobs, fewer unemployed young people and more women in work than ever before and thanks to the Lib Dems there have also been a record number of new apprenticeships.”

Foster Feels Fine as older workers set to benefit from new Business Champion

More than 10% of pensioners in Bath and North East Somerset still go to work with older staff offering a boost to local firms, Don Foster, MP for Bath, said.

01 Federal Yellow Bird Black Text 2 Line Lib Dem 2009The news comes as the Government unveiled Dr Ros Altmann as its first Business Champion for Older Workers.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of 65-year-olds in work across the UK doubled from around 500,000 in 2003 to over a million in 2014.

Meanwhile, 7.9m people aged 50 to 64-years-old still have jobs compared to 6.6m in 2003.

Don Foster, said older workers, like himself, were vital to the success of the economy in Bath.

Don said: “50% of my full-time constituency staff are over 65 and this percentage increases when taking into account other permanent members of my team, myself included obviously!

“Nationally, our labour force is set to shift dramatically, but firms embracing the talent of older workers see results in their bottom line.

“Staff in their fifties and sixties tend to be more loyal to employers, help bring in a new generation of workers and are more trusted by customers.”

The Business Champion for Older Workers will promote the benefits of older people in the workplace.