Figures published today show jobless figures for Hemel Hempstead and South West Herts have fallen to a new low.
The number of unemployment claimants in the Hemel Hempstead constituency in June was 109 lower than in May and 476 lower than the same month last year.
People on Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in the area now make up just 2.3% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64.
The figures cover the constituency of MP Mike Penning, which also includes the villages around Hemel Hempstead.
Mr Penning said: “These figures are a strong indicator that our long-term economic plan is working, building a stronger, more competitive economy.
“The number of people in work has reached a new high, unemployment is down, and the proportion of people in work has never been higher.”
The number of JSA claimants in South West Herts – the constituency of MP and financial secretary to the Treasury David Gauke – was 720 in June.
The figure – a rate of just 1.3% – was down 309, or 30%, on last year and down 54 on May.
Mr Gauke said: “The employment rate is now at the record highest level for individuals.
“More people are in work than ever before and unemployment is continuing to fall nationally.”