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Jobless numbers hit five-year low
5:00pm Sunday 25th August 2013 in News
THE number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Wychavon is at its lowest level for almost five years, new figures show.
A total of 1,361 adults in the area received the benefit last month according to the Office for National Statistics.
The last time the figure was as low was in October 2008 when the number fell to 1,130.
The figure means 1.9 per cent of Wychavon’s working population is claiming the government benefit, below the West Midlands average of 4.2 per cent and the national average of 3.4 per cent.
“It’s pleasing to see that the figure is at its lowest level in five years,” said Chris Brooks, regeneration manager at Wychavon District Council.
“It goes to show that job opportunities are on the up and that businesses have a chance to grow in Wychavon and employ local people.”
He said the district council is supporting use of the former Leisure Centre in Evesham as an engineering centre of excellence in a bid to address youth unemployment and ”help create opportunities for young people”.
In April 2009 as many as 2,363 adults in Wychavon collected Jobseeker’s Allowance. The latest figure of 1,361 made up of 838 men and 523 women. In Worcestershire, 9,222 people claimed the allowance, 2.6 per cent of the adult working population.
Simon Geraghty, Worcestershire County Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economy, skills and infrastructure, welcomed the county figures but urged caution.
“We are not complacent and remain committed to our key priority to ensure Worcestershire is ‘open for business’,” he said.
Jobseeker’s Allowance is payable to adults who are available for and actively seeking work. Rates start at £56.80 per week.
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