Island MP Bob Seely has welcomed figures showing that nearly a million disabled people have found work since 2013.
The Department for Work and Pensions calculate there are 973,000 more disabled people in employment following government initiatives such as Disability Confident – a scheme designed to support businesses in recruiting and retaining disabled people and people with health conditions.
Figures also show the employment level is at a new record high, and, at 4.1%, the unemployment rate has almost halved since 2010 when it stood at 8%.
In a further boost, three-quarters of this increase in employment has been in permanent, full time and higher skilled roles.
“These figures show this Government has done a great deal to get everyone into work and also show that wages have grown by 3.2% - the fastest wage growth in almost a decade - and above inflation for the last eight months,” said Bob.
“Youth unemployment is almost half the figure in 2010 and there is a near record high for women in work at 71%.
“There is still work to do but these figures show a robust jobs market and economy both on the Isle of Wight and across the country and this is very welcome.”