Hemel Hempstead’s unemployment figures have fallen to a seven-year low according to the Office for National Statistics.
Figures released for last month show a continuing fall in the number of local people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in the town.
The number of unemployed people claiming the benefit in December 2014 was 988 – a drop from 1,277 for the same month the previous year.
The figure also reflects a drop of 33 from 1,021 claimaints registered in November.
The latest statistic represents an unemployment rate of 1.5% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64 – this is the joint lowest percentage since comparable records began in 2004.
Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning welcomed the continued rise in employment in his constituency.
He said: “I am delighted unemployment in the Hemel Hempstead Constituency continues to fall. It is fantastic news that unemployment in this constituency is now at its lowest since 2008 when there were 985 claimants.
“It shows more than ever that we are right to focus on the economy and jobs enabling more and more people to earn a decent wage and provide for their families.”