Unemployment figures released

There has been mixed news on unemployment across the region as the latest figures are released.

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South Lakes MP welcomes fall in unemployment

The MP for South Lakes Tim Farron has welcomed figures released today which show that unemployment has fallen in South Lakeland.

According to figures released by the Office of National Statistics, Westmorland and Lonsdale's unemployment rate fell to just over one percent of the population aged 16 - 64.

This meant that there were 119 fewer claimants than in July 2012 and 10 fewer claimants than last month.

"This announcement is heartening news for our local economy, and shows the continued resilience of South Lakeland's businesses to an extremely challenging economic climate.

“That said, we must remember that the South Lakes has a large elderly population which is not included in these figures. Whilst it is good news that our unemployment rate is so low, wages are also often lower here as the South Lakes has a higher percentage of seasonal workers than other places in the region.

"This is why it is so important that we continue pushing for well paid jobs and apprenticeships for our community."

– Tim Farron MP

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