Stephen Williams welcomes another fall in unemployment

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show the number of unemployment claimants in Bristol West is now at 3,041, a fall of 986 claimants compared to March last year.

The figures show that more people are in work than ever before with levels of employment up to 30.4million. Unemployment has fallen across the country by 77,000 in the three months to February 2014 to a rate of 6.9 percent - the lowest level in five years. Wages are also growing faster than inflation.

Whole economy total pay also grew 1.7 percent in the three months to February.

Stephen Williams MP, Member of Parliament for Bristol West and Communities Minister, said:

"Thanks to the Liberal Democrats in the Coalition Government growth is back and unemployment continues to fall. In the last year we have seen a consistent decline in unemployment in my constituency in Bristol West. It's clear we have taken the country in the right direction. Our priority remains fixing the economy and cleaning up Labour's economic mess.

"I am proud of many things that we have achieved since 2010, including cutting tax bills for working people, investing in education, training and apprenticeships and reducing unemployment. With earnings now rising in line with prices and employment rising, today's figures reinforce the fact that this recovery would not be happening without the Liberal Democrats in Government."