Anthea McIntyre welcomes fall in the number of people claiming the main unemployment benefit.

Local MEP, Anthea McIntyre, the Conservative’s European Employment Spokesman, has welcomed new statistics that show the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the West Midlands  has fallen by 2,600.

Welcoming the figures, Anthea McIntyre said:

"It’s great news that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance – the main unemployment benefit – is falling in the West Midlands."

"British business is rising to the challenge of creating jobs and the Conservatives are determined to ensure that all hardworking people benefit from the recovery. There is always more to do, but these figures are encouraging, especially when seen alongside the figures showing the huge increase in Britain’s exports to both Europe and the wider-world and the fact that every sector of the British economy grew in the last quarter."

"I am, however, concerned that so many would-be employers I speak to are finding it difficult to recruit new staff, especially in fields such as engineering.  There are thousands of apprenticeship vacancies that offer high-quality training in many different skills and I urge young people to consider them as a valuable route into a rewarding career.”