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Express: What about Project Fear?

Date: 13 06 2018

What about Project Fear? Employment SOARS with 1000 new jobs a day since Brexit vote

CLOSE to a thousand people have found employment in the UK every day since the Brexit referendum in 2016, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

The ONS revealed that employment reached a record high at the end of April at 32.39million, with 659,000 people finding work since the referendum, and on average 985 per day.

Conservative MP Andrea Jenkyns, a supporter of the pro-Brexit campaign group Change Britain, countered fears of pro-European campaigners including George Osbourne, who warned that Brexit would have a “profound shock on the economy”.

She said: “This is yet more good news for British businesses and workers, and a devastating blow to the claims of rising unemployment we heard from Project Fear.

“The UK can be confident that our economy is in rude health as we leave the EU.”

John Longworth, co-chairman of Leave Means Leave, also welcomed the findings and stated the UK had succeeded despite the “propaganda of Project Fear”.

He said: “This is in stark contrast to the German-run eurozone where the captive nations like Greece, Spain and Italy have eye wateringly high unemployment.

“Who would want to be a member of a club like that?”

Along with increased employment, the ONS revealed unemployment had fallen by 224,000 to 1.42million.

The overall unemployment rate has reached a 43-year-low at 4.2 percent, with it falling even lower among women to 4.1 percent.

At least 3.3 million people have also found work since the Conservative Party came into power in 2010.

Work and Pensions Secretary Esther McVey hailed these figures as a “great British success story”.

The ONS revealed employment rose sharply between February and April by 146,000, an increase of on average 1,640 jobs per day.

The employment rate has now reached the highest level since records began 47 years ago at 75.6 percent.

A record number of women are also now in work at 15.3million, a rise of 275,000 over the past year.

Channeller Philip Hammond commented on the findings, saying: “We can be proud of our record on jobs.

“The unemployment rate is at its lowest in over 40 years.”

June 12th, 2018: Express