Latest figures show that in the East of England there are 3,116,821 people in work – meaning that, under the Conservatives, 372,932 more people have the security of a job.
In NE Bedfordshire, the number of people who are claiming key out-of-work benefits has fallen by 662 since 2010 – an overall reduction of 39 per cent.
The figures show that wages have risen at their fastest pace in over a decade as the unemployment rate is at its lowest since 1975, at 3.9 per cent.
Employment in the UK is at a record high – including a record number of women in work and a record number of full-time jobs.
NE Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt has welcomed these figures, saying:
“More people than ever before have the economic independence that a job brings and these latest figures show that the Government’s balanced approach to the economy is working. With wages also rising ahead of prices, peoples’ pay can go further and the Conservatives will continue to help people build a better future for themselves and their families”.