Town MP welcomes continued year-on-year fall in unemployment

Mike Penning at Hemel Hempstead's Royal Mail depot for Home Counties North
Mike Penning at Hemel Hempstead's Royal Mail depot for Home Counties North
  • Latest Office for National Statistics results show Hemel Hempstead’s unemployment continues to fall year on year
  • Number of jobseekers last month was 1,059 – a drop of 426 on February 2014
  • Figures still show a rise in comparison to December when unemployment rate in town was at seven-year low

Hemel Hempstead’s unemployment rate has continued to drop year on year, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics.

Town MP Mike Penning has the data, which shows a continuing fall in the number of people in the constituency claiming Jobseekers Allowance.

It is clear that year-on-year we are continuing to make progress. I congratulate local businesses on their success which enables them to take on more staff

Mike Penning

The number of people claiming the benefit in February 2015 was 1,059 – which is 426 lower than for the same month last year.

Mr Penning said: “It is great news that unemployment continues to remain low in Hemel Hempstead. With 426 fewer claimants than for February 2014, it is clear that year-on-year we are continuing to make progress. I congratulate local businesses on their success which enables them to take on more staff.

“Together with news that wages are rising faster than prices, our long-term economic plan is working for families in Dacorum.”

However, Hemel Hempstead’s unemployment figures had fallen to a seven-year low in December, with the number of unemployed people claiming the benefit at just 988 – a drop from 1,277 for the same month the previous year.

The figures at the time represented an unemployment rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 – which was the joint lowest percentage since comparable records began in 2004.