Edward Garnier: new jobs numbers demonstrate more economic security in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston

Sir Edward Garnier, MP for Harborough, Oadby and Wigston, has welcomed new figures showing 959 fewer people in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston are now claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance since 2010 - a 61.51% per cent drop. This means more people bringing home a regular pay packet – with the self-respect and sense of security that a good job brings.


In total a record 30.8 million people are now in work, up by 1.75 million since the last election.


The new figures also show regular pay rising by 1.8 per cent on the year, and private sector pay up 2.2 per cent – well ahead of inflation.


Edward Garnier said: “It is good news that 959 fewer people in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston are relying on Jobseeker’s Allowance, and wages are now increasing. This is a clear sign that the Conservatives’ economic plan is working, delivering a more financially secure future for families.


“This is happening because we’ve been taking action to fix the economy - backing businesses to create more jobs with better infrastructure and lower jobs taxes to create more jobs, and fixing the welfare system so that work always pays. We can see this working locally with new jobs across the constituency.


“This May voters in Harborough, Oadby and Wigston will face a choice: between sticking with the Conservatives’ plan - where more people have the self-respect and peace of mind that comes with a regular pay packet - or putting that all at risk with the economic chaos a vote for one of the other parties would bring.”