A further jobs boost in North Herefordshire has delighted by Bill Wiggin MP.

New figures from the Office of National Statistics released this week show the number of unemployed claimants in Bill Wiggin MPs’ North Herefordshire constituency in August 2014 was 509 – a fall of 36 from July 2014 and of 473 compared with August 2013.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “I am delighted unemployment is continuing to fall in North Herefordshire.

“Our steady progress is continuing with a further 36 people finding work in August, leaving 509 more residents who need a job.

“The latest figures show that the Employment rate is now back to pre-recession level of73% and that nearly 1.33 million more people are working full time since the election.

“In the last 12 months our unemployment rate has almost halved, showing yet again that our county is very much open for business.”

August’s unemployment figure represents a rate of 1.4% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 558th of the 650 UK constituencies. (1st = highest rate of unemployment, 650th = lowest rate of unemployment.)