Unemployment falls by over 1,000 in Bristol West - Williams

Liberal Democrat MP Stephen Williams has welcomed the latest unemployment figures, which show that the total number of unemployed claimants in Bristol West has fallen by 1,020 claimants.

Figures published today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of unemployed claimants in the Bristol West constituency is now at 2,825.The number of claimants is therefore 1,020 lower compared to this time last year.

Across the country, the ONS announced that the number of people in a job rose by 345,000 between February and April 2014 - the largest quarterly increase since records began (43 years ago). The ONS also announced that unemployment saw the biggest annual fall in 16 years, down by 347,000, bringing the unemployment rate to a new 5 year low of 6.6%.

Stephen Williams commented on today's employment figures:

"Today's figures are good news for the people of Bristol. The unemployment figures in my constituency have seen a consistent decline since February 2013 and there are more people in work today than at any other time in our history.

"The Liberal Democrats are building a stronger economy and a fairer society. We entered government in 2010 to help fix the economy and create more jobs. We have worked tirelessly to create jobs even in the tough times. Like the rest of Britain, Bristol's economy has returned to strong growth.

"My first priority as an MP is to work hard to deliver growth and jobs to people in Bristol West and across the country. The Coalition Government has introduced a number of important policies to help people find employment. These figures prove that the Liberal Democrats are creating more jobs and did the right thing by going into government to take the tough decisions."