Chalk welcomes latest fall in Cheltenham unemployment

Cheltenham's MP, Alex Chalk, has welcomed the latest fall in local unemployment, as employment levels across the UK reached another record high.

In April 2016, just 1.3% of the economically active population in Cheltenham were seeking work - compared to a national rate of 2.5% - with the claimant count 156 lower than a year ago and 32 lower than March 2016.

There has also been a decline in local youth employment, with 45 fewer 18-24 year olds seeking work than a year ago.

Commenting on the news, Mr Chalk said ''I welcome these latest figures, which shows that the Cheltenham is continuing to do well. But economic headwinds mean it won’t always be plain sailing. As I've stressed time and again, to safeguard Cheltenham's future the Council needs to get on with setting out a vision for local jobs and investment. The Council’s current economic strategy was slammed as long ago as June 2014 as being ‘out of date and not fit for purpose’. We’re still waiting for a replacement.''