Average earnings on the rise as hundreds more find employment


The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Milton Keynes fell by 1,101 in the 12 months up to December.

The figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that between August and November, the number of people out of work in the UK tumbled by 58,000 to 1.91 million - the lowest level for more than six years.

Wages also continue to rise faster than inflation with average earnings increasing by 1.8 per cent from a year earlier.

Milton Keynes South MP Iain Stewart welcomed the news. He said: “I am delighted to see hundreds more individuals finding employment in Milton Keynes.

“Our recovery has been hard fought so I am glad to see wages now increasing and more and more families having the security of a regular wage.”

He added: “Thanks to our long-term economic plan, businesses in Milton Keynes are feeling confident.

“It is vital that we continue on the road to economic stability and growth.”