MP welcomes jobless fall

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Ribble Valley MP Nigel Evans has welcomed a fall in unemployment.

According to the Office of National Statistics (ONS), the number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five-year low of 2.24m. in the three months to February. The unemployment rate now stands at 6.9% of the adult working population, average earnings in the three months to February grew 1.7% compared with a year earlier and inflation was recorded to have fallen to 1.6% in March.

Mr Evans said: “What we are seeing is a week on week, month on month improvement in the economy. There are more people in employment and wages have overtaken inflation. That is tremendous news, but there is still more to be done. Some people will have a job that does not have as many hours, for some, the wage may be lower. However, breaking the cycle of unemployment is hugely important and beneficial in the long term.