Eastleigh MP Mike Thornton has hailed recent figures showing big drops in unemployment for the Southampton and Eastleigh area.
Former business manager Mike Thornton MP said that the latest figures for the number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA), the main way of measuring unemployment, showed a 'clear pathway to economic recovery', with a huge drop in the number unemployed, especially for young people aged 18-24.
The Eastleigh MP recently launched an apprentice campaign, aimed at boosting the number of apprenticeships offered in the area, and commented that the drop in youth employment over the last months was further proof that “Liberal Democrats in Government were putting the right emphasis on skills and training for young people, helping them to get into work”.
According to statistics released yesterday by the Department for Work and Pensions, in Mr Thornton's own constituency, Eastleigh, the number of JSA claimants dropped by over 20% between February and June this year, with youth unemployment dropping by nearly 27% in the same period.
Both Southampton constituencies showed a similar trend, with the overall number of Job Seekers Allowance claimants down 16.5% in Southampton Itchen and just over 14% in Southampton Test. Youth unemployment in both was down by 22.7% and 22.5% respectively.
Commenting on the findings, Mr Thornton, MP for Eastleigh, said:
"Liberal Democrats in Government are rebalancing the economy to make our society fairer: ending our dangerous over-reliance on financial speculators in London, and giving people and businesses in the Southampton and Eastleigh area a fair share.
"Today’s news is a great sign that this approach is working, with recent local job and investment boosts showing that there is a clear pathway to economic recovery. However, we can't be complacent: We need to help drive this recovery for a stronger local economy, and a fairer society."