Unemployment in Carshalton and Wallington has fallen to its lowest level in three years, according to new statistics.

MP Tom Brake welcomed the news after figures by the Office of National Statistics, released on January 22, showed the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance had fallen for the tenth consecutive month.

There has been an 18.6 per cent decline in the number of long-term unemployed while the number of people claiming out-of-work benefits dropped from 2,035 in December 2012 to 1,468 in December 2013.

Mr Brake said: “Locally and nationally, the economy is growing, businesses are gaining confidence and the number of jobs available is on the rise.

“There is more to be done but this is excellent news, as every new job means that an extra person in Carshalton and Wallington is able to take home a pay packet and provide for their families.”

The number of JSA claimants aged between 18-24 years old has fallen by 25.8 per between December 2012 and December 2013, while the number of recipients who are 50 years old or older has declined by 22.1 percent in the same period.