A DROP in the number of people out of work in Monmouthshire over the last year has been welcomed by local MP David Davies.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show the number of people aged 16-64 in the Monmouth constituency who are claiming unemployment benefit was 997.

In March 2013, the figure was 293 higher.

“I am pleased to see the downward trend of unemployment in the constituency continues,” said Mr Davies.

“This shows how the Government’s tough economic decisions to make sure that work pays and to cut the deficit are working, and the UK is on the pathway to recovery.”

He added: “Whilst there is still a long way to go for the economy to reach its full potential, I am confident that more and more people will be taking up employment opportunities in Monmouthshire, securing them a better future.”

UK figures reveal unemployment is down 93,000 this year – the largest fall in unemployment since 1998.

In Wales, employment has jumped by 80,000 since the 2010 general election.

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