Unemployment falls by more than 30 per cent in the last year in Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk

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Bury St Edmunds has seen a 31.6 per cent fall in the number of people claiming job seekers allowance in the last year incorporating a 23.9 per cent drop in those aged 18-24.

In Mildenhall unemployment has fallen to its lowest level since 2008 with 1.6 per cent of people in the town claiming job seekers allowance.

MP for Bury St Edmunds, David Ruffley, said: “This March, new figures show that 91 fewer people were unemployed in my constituency than in February. That’s good news for nearly one hundred families. Compared to a year ago, there are 466 fewer people claiming unemployment benefit in Bury St Edmunds, demonstrating that the jobs picture is continuing to improve.”

In West Suffolk the number of people claiming job seekers allowance fell by 713 people compared to last year. In March 2014 1,139 were claiming.

West Suffolk recorded a 37.5 per cent reduction in the number of 18-25-year-olds claiming job seekers allowance.

Unemployment in Mildenhall has fallen to its lowest level since September 2008 and the number of people out of work has almost halved since the peak in 2009

Matthew Hancock, the MP for West Suffolk, said: “I am delighted to see unemployment rates falling again in Mildenhall. Mildenhall has really bounced back since the recession and I’m sure it will continue to flourish – I have high hopes for the creation of the Mildenhall hub which I’m sure will see great transformations in services in the local area.

“There is still a long way to go with helping people back into work but these figures show we are moving in the right direction with real pay rising, lower income tax and a record number of jobs being created. There has also been a sharp fall in youth unemployment meaning our long term economic plan is creating a better future for everyone.”