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  • "Sad to see this column being used as a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party.

    Without wanting to make a political point, readers should beware that MPs like Graham are being coached on how to massage the numbers , particularly on unemployment, to give a misleading picture.

    Its all about the definition of a 'job'. For example, in Graham's world if say 10 people lose their full time well paid, pensioned jobs and are replaced by 15 part time jobs on minimum wage and zero hours contracts; that means a 50% increase in employment and its champagne all round in Conservative Central Office! Totally misleading but clever.

    The reality, particularly in the North, is much more like the world described by Tabbytha."
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Unemployment at lowest since May 2010

UNEMPLOYMENT is at its lowest in Weaver Vale since May 2010.

Graham Evans MP is pleased by the latest unemployment figures, which show unemployment has dropped to 4.1 per cent in Weaver Vale.

Youth unemployment is also at its lowest since Mr Evans became MP.

“Across Weaver Vale there were 1,803 Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimants in October 2013 compared to 2,091 in May 2010,” said Mr Evans.

“That is a 4.1 per cent rate compared to the north west average of 4.6 per cent and the national average of 4.0 per cent.

“This follows the regional trend which shows that across the north west the number of people in work has increased by 8,000 since 2010.”

Youth unemployment – 18 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseekers allowance – has dropped from 9.7 per cent in 2010 to 7.3 per cent in October.

Mr Evans added: “The consistent improvements in employment figures over the past 10 months suggest the UK economy is improving and making an impact on the lives of people in Weaver Vale.

“I am proud that steps in my constituency, such as running two jobs fairs with planning underway for a third, and apprenticeship schemes can demonstrate the opportunities that are out there.”

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