Chorley Conservatives have welcomed recent figures showing 226,000 more people in work across the north-west since Labour were last in power and a record level of employment across the UK as a whole – with over 2.3 million more people enjoying the security of a job than in 2010.
In the Chorley constituency too, the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit while not in employment has fallen by 528 - a 35 per cent drop – since 2010.
The figures also show that wages are continuing to grow strongly, with average total pay up 2.0 per cent, while inflation is close to flat. This means working people across Chorley constituency are seeing their wages grow and our plan for a higher-employment and higher-wage economy is working.
With employment at a record 74.0 per cent, and the majority of the increase in employment over the last year in full-time jobs, these recent statistics show that our economic plan is working. It’s creating jobs and growing pay packets for families in Chorley constituency as we continue to move towards the goal of full employment that we committed to in our manifesto.
"These figures are excellent news for families across the Chorley constituency, marking an important milestone in the road to full employment. With employment at the highest rate in our history, wages continuing to grow above inflation, and the unemployment rate now below the level we last saw before Labour’s Great Recession, it’s clear our economic plan is working.”
‘Each new job means a worker and their family with the security of a pay packet. But with Britain facing a dangerous cocktail of new risks in the global economy this year it’s more important than ever that we stick to our plan to fix Britain’s finances, as we continue to work to deliver security for families here in Chorley."
Figures show that Commuting flows from the Annual Population Survey showed that an estimated 27,055 people left Chorley Borough for work, while 15,013 travelled into the Borough for their employment. The 2011 Census indicates that the average commute for Chorley residents has increased from 14.9 km in 2001 to 15.4 km.