Unemployment in Blackpool has dropped for the third month in succession.
New figures released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance fell below 6,000 for the first time since November 2012.
The amount of people claiming the benefit in the resort stands at 5,646 compared to 6,027 in March.
Paul Maynard, MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys, said: “We always knew that it would be a hard fight coming out of the recession created by Labour but I am now more convinced than ever that the economy is healing itself.
“We have seen economic growth, record employment levels, over 1.25 million new jobs created in the private sector, and with exports, manufacturing and business confidence all up.”
Steve Pye, chairman of the Fylde coast’s Federation of Small Businesses branch, said: “This is a good move forward and there’s evidence the economy is moving in the right direction as businesses are taking people on.”
But Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, called for the Government to do more.
He said: “We are still scrapping along the bottom with very little sign of real recovery.
“The Government’s attempts to engage long term unemployed into jobs are moving pitifully slow.”
In Wyre, 1,553 people are claiming JSA, down from 1,706 in March while in Fylde, the figure dropped by 17 to 1,047.