Regions see 75 per cent fall in unemployment

Unemployment has fallen by up to 75 per cent in some parliamentary constituencies since Labour came to power in 1997, a new report reveals.

The biggest fall in the jobless total has been in Bath (75.4 per cent), followed by Bournemouth (73.9 per cent), Mid Ulster (73.8 per cent), Salisbury (72.6 per cent) and Taunton (71.9 per cent).

Unemployment has more than halved from the 1.6 million in May 1997, according to the research for the London region of the GMB union.

The South West has enjoyed the biggest regional fall, followed by Yorkshire and the Humber, the North East, Northern Ireland and the North West.

GMB officer Paul Kenny said: “The Labour Government’s record on the economy is something that the Labour movement and the entire country can be proud of.”

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