‘Rewarding’ decline in unemployment

PUBLISHED: 13:30 30 July 2015

The number of unemployment benefit claims in Weston has fallen.

The number of unemployment benefit claims in Weston has fallen.

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THE number of people claming benefits for unemployment in Weston-super-Mare has fallen by more than a third in the past year.

The Jobcentre has revealed the number of people in the town who are claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has fallen by 34 per cent since July 2014.

Overall, the amount of people in Weston claiming JSA has more than halved since 2010.

Weston Jobcentre manager James MacNaughton said: “It’s rewarding to see the Weston JSA register down 34 per cent from last year, and down 53 per cent from figures in 2010.

“Weston Jobcentre continues to support jobseekers by working with local employers and partners, who we welcome into the office.

“Butlins has set up a recruitment stall in our office on a regular basis and this has directly led to claimants finding work.

“We also offer young persons aged from 19-24 tailored support, including work experience across various employment sectors such as hospitality, retail and mechanics.

“We currently have 35 different work experience opportunities which could potentially result in paid work.”

According to statistics released by the Office for National Statistics, long term unemployment nationally has also fallen by 168,000 during the past year and regular pay has also risen by 2.8 per cent – the fastest growth in wages since 2007.

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