Rachel has welcomed sustained falls in the unemployment rate in Redditch since the launch of the Government’s Plan for Jobs.

Since the beginning of the pandemic, Redditch’s unemployment rate has consistently been lower than the equivalent UK claimant rate.

And data from the Office for National Statistics published today (September 14th) shows this trend is continuing.

In August, 4.8% of people aged 16 to 64 in the constituency were out-of-work – that’s lower than the equivalent UK claimant rate of 5.2%. The number of claimants in Redditch is now the lowest it’s been since the first lockdown in March 2020.

This means that, since the launch of the Government’s ambitious Plan for Jobs in July 2020, 670 people in Redditch are now back in work.

Rachel said:

“Throughout the pandemic, the Government has stepped in to support my constituents by paying their wages and providing businesses with millions of pounds in grants.

“And now as the UK’s recovery continues, the Plan for Jobs is clearly working and is creating the jobs in Redditch we need to build back better.

“But meeting with local businesses as I regularly do, every company I speak to tells me about the jobs that are available and the vacancies available across all sectors, so I would encourage people who are looking for employment to visit the Job Centre or a local recruitment agency.”