Unemployment Figures Down and Job Centres Saved

This week new figures for unemployment in the Henley constituency were released which show a further drop in the level of unemployment to 260.  This means the constituency is still one of the most successful UK constituencies for dealing with unemployment.

The Department for Work and Pensions has also announced that two Job Centres close to the constituency are to be retained despite being initially threatened with closure.  These are the centres in Reading and Oxford, important to those who claim from Henley and Thame and across the constituency.  These offices were being reviewed to take account of the increased use of online services and the anticipated demand.  Both centres have been saved as they will now contain a Centre for Health and Disability Assessment (CHDA) office.  These offices undertake assessment for benefits for people.

The rate of unemployment in the Henley constituency stood at 0.5% compared with a claimant rate of 2.5% across the country.

John Howell MP commented:

“The news that the Reading and Oxford offices are to remain is good news.  So too is another drop in the number of people unemployed in the constituency.  I would like to thank all those who have helped achieve this.”

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