Unemployment figures show Thame is one of the best in the UK

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Impressive employment figures have been hailed by Thame’s MP.

Just 88 people in the town out of a population of more than 11,000 were claiming job seekers’ allowance in April, despite the economic climate.

The Office for National Statistics figures also showed the constituency as a whole is performing well, with 629 unemployed claimants across the Parliamentary area.

The constituency figure represents just 1.3% of the working age population (16 to 64), making it the fourth best performing area in the country in April.

Writing in The Thame Gazette, John Howell MP said he was pleased to see Thame and his constituency as a whole performing well, but warned people not to get complacent.

Mr Howell said: “88 people in Thame unemployed is still 88 people. That’s why we have introduced the largest payment by results programme in the UK: the work programme.

“For many young people the main priority is to get the skills they need to get into work which is provided by the unemployment programmes and the offer of additional apprenticeships.

“This is all about aspiration. It is about getting people back into work to look after themselves and their families.

“By doing so, we can help the country compete in the global race.”

There are currently around 2.5 million people unemployed in the UK.