David Cameron praises rise in Stevenage employment figures


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Prime Minister David Cameron has praised rising employment levels in Stevenage today (Wednesday).

Speaking at a Prime Minister’s Questions session in Westminster, Mr Cameron said new figures demonstrated the effectiveness of the government’s long-term economic plan.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland, addressing Mr Cameron during the session, said: “Stevenage continues to lead the economic recovery and figures show our long-term economic plan is working. Will the Prime Minister join me in congratulating the education institutions and businesses in my constituency that have increased the number of apprenticeships from 200 in 2010 to over 800 this year?”

Mr Cameron replied: “Yes, of course, in Stevenage unemployment has fallen by 24% in the last year. Every single one of those people is someone who has the dignity, security and peace of mind that comes with a regular pay packet - helping them and their families. This shows that our long-term economic plan is working.”

The news comes as new government figures show unemployment across the UK has fallen to a five-year low of 6.8%.

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