Employment figures boost for Working Families

Conservative Trade Unionists (CTU) welcomed the latest employment figures, which show that the number of people in work is at its highest since records began.

For August to October, 73.9% of people aged 16-64 were in work, with the UK unemployment rate falling to its lowest in almost ten years, at 5.2%.

Figures from the Office for National Statistics also show that there were 505,000 more people in work than a year earlier, and a total of 31.3 million people in employment.

With a record rate of employment and wages continuing to grow, the Conservative Government is delivering the high wage, low welfare society that offers security to working families across the country.

Andrew Stephenson, MP for Pendle and a member of the CTU advisory board, said: “The latest employment figures show once more that it is the Conservative Party that stands for getting people into work and out of poverty. We are the real party for working people.”

He added: “At Prime Minister’s Questions, not one Labour MP welcomed the best employment figures in a decade. Their priorities are elsewhere.

“Meanwhile, the Conservatives recognise our responsibility to get even more people into work.”

Dr Spencer Pitfield, Director of CTU, said: “Behind every statistic is the great news that someone has got a new job, and as a result they and their family are in a much better position.”

He added: “In my own region of Yorkshire over 5,000 more people were in work in the last quarter, with 31,000 more people in work compared to the previous year.”