Chalk welcomes further fall in Cheltenham unemployment

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has welcomed the latest unemployment figures released by the ONS, showing that there are 228 fewer people looking for work in Cheltenham today compared to a year ago.

The data shows that unemployment in the town has continued to fall since 2010, leaving just 1.3% of the economic active population in Cheltenham looking for work.

Speaking following the release of the figures, Mr Chalk said: ''This is excellent news. These figures show that Cheltenham's employment market remains strong, and it is very encouraging to see new businesses opening in our town and bringing jobs with them. But there is no room for complacency. While the sun is shining, we need to redouble our efforts to secure our future. That's why I'm campaigning for a clear economic plan for Cheltenham as well as common sense measures like cheaper parking to make our town more competitive.''