Record fall in local Jobseekers

Duncan welcomed new figures from the Office for National Statistics showing the biggest one-year fall in the number of Jobseekers in the Chippenham constituency on record.

Today's official figures show that the number of local people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell by 381 from July 2013 to July 2014.

Duncan said:

“It’s great to see more and more people in our part of Wiltshire finding work, particularly the young people who entered the jobs market at such a difficult time. Our economy is now growing strongly again, and I’m delighted that the benefits of the recovery are being seen locally.

“There is still lots more to do to embed the recovery and lots more people to help find work. My Liberal Democrat colleagues in Government and I are working hard to help businesses create even more jobs and build a stronger economy.

“I am sure that the improvements we make through the £130 million Local Growth Deal announced by Vince Cable last month will help local businesses build on the impressive progress we’ve seen recently. I’m also encouraging the local employers I meet to offer as many apprenticeships as possible, so that young people can get the start they need to get on in life.”



  • The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the Chippenham constituency fell by 381 (32%) from 1,179 in July 2013 to 798 in July 2014 – the biggest 12-month drop since records begin in January 2007. It is now at the lowest level since September 2008.
  • The number of young people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in the constituency has fallen by 160 (42%) in the last year, to 225.
  • Since the General Election, 704 fewer people are out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance.


  • The unemployment has fallen by 437,000 in the last year – the biggest one-year fall in more than 25 years. The unemployment rate has fallen from 8% in 2010 to 6.4% now, the lowest rate since October 2008.
  • Youth unemployment has fallen by 206,000 in the last 12 months, the biggest fall on record. It is now down to 767,000, its lowest level since August 2008.
  • Since the General Election, 1.7 million more people are in work, and 1.3 million more people are working full-time.