Newquay and St Austell's jobless total falls for eighth month in row
UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen in Newquay and St Austell for the eighth consecutive month, according to new figures.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in both towns during September was 1,551 – 295 fewer than September last year and 42 better than in August this year.
It means the unemployment rate in both towns is 3.3 per cent, compared to the national rate of 4.2 per cent.
The figures, published by the Office of National Statistics, have been welcomed by the constituency's MP, Stephen Gilbert, who said the economic situation was "improving".
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The Liberal Democrat MP said: "The coalition Government came together in May 2010 at a time of national economic crisis with the task of cleaning up the mess left by the last Government. There have been very difficult decisions along the way but having stuck the course it looks like the tide is turning and the economic situation is improving.
"This further month of reduced unemployment is good news for the people who have secured jobs and good news for the wider community too."
Last month town leaders welcomed the drop in unemployment in the area, but said they wanted to see better-paid wages for residents.
Newquay mayor Sandy Carter said at the time: "A lot of people work in hotels and their jobs are going to dry up very soon. It is a brighter picture, but I don't think it is the overall picture."
Mr Carter added: "Our problem in Newquay is that many people are on the minimum wage, accommodation is expensive and, really, people have not got a fair chance."