Local unemployment continues to decline

Stephen Gilbert, MP for St Austell & Newquay, has welcomed a further fall in local unemployment during the month of September.

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of claimants in the mid-Cornwall constituency has fallen to 959 (1.6%) - the lowest level in six years and down from 1,551 (2.6%) in the same month last year.

After his election, Stephen Gilbert pledged that his top priority as the local MP would be to boost jobs and encourage business investment into the community.

Commenting, Stephen said:

"For the eighth month in a row, unemployment here in St Austell & Newquay is falling. I've always said that the top priority for me as the MP and for this government as a whole is to boost the number of people in work and stimulate business growth, these figures show that is happening.

"By helping new and existing businesses to grow and take on more staff; and by more than doubling the number of apprenticeships, enabling local young people to learn a trade; the Liberal Democrats in government are delivering on the policies that matter. The economy is getting stronger and everyone is getting the opportunities they need to get on in life.

"Of course, there's still further to go and I hope to continue my work with local businesses, training providers and public stakeholders for many years in order to continue this trend of economic growth for Cornwall."

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