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Further fall in Wirral's unemployment figures
LATEST figures show a further fall in the number of people claiming Jobseekers' Allowance in Wirral.
Data released today by the Office for National Statistics reveal 7,311 people claimed the benefit in August compared to 7,428 in July.
Birkenhead saw a fall of 39 from 3,144 to 3,105, and there were 47 fewer claimants in Wallasey with 2,362.
There were 911 people claiming in Wirral South compared with 933 the previous month. In Wirral West the figure fell by 11 from 942 to 933.
The borough's monthly unemployment statistics have been showing a downward trend since late last year.
Nationally, unemployment has fallen by 24,000 to nudge the jobless rate lower, but the number of part-time workers surged to a record high.
Cllr Pat Hackett, cabinet member for the economy, said: "This is the sixth month running that we have seen a fall in the number of people in Wirral claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, with a reduction of 117 people claiming the benefit during August.
"This maintains our position as the authority with the lowest rate of claimants in the Liverpool City Region, and shows that we are outperforming the regional and national averages.
"We have seen a small reduction in the number of young people aged 18-24 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, but this is still a concern and we continue to focus a great deal of work on tackling youth unemployment.
"Our work leading on the Liverpool City Region Youth Unemployment Taskforce has led to a series of recommendations which we hope to take forward in the coming months."
Figures from the Office for National Statistics showed unemployment fell to 2.49m in the three months to July, to drive the unemployment rate to 7.7% from 7.8%.
The rate has taken on new significance because it is tied to the Bank of England governor Mark Carney's new forward guidance policy.
The Bank has said it will not consider raising rates from their record low until the unemployment rate falls to 7% - which it forecasts will take around three years - barring a spike in inflation.
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: "I welcome the drop in JSA claimants in Wirral South and the national fall in unemployment.
"However the rise in youth unemployment is deeply concerning. Our young people deserve better in terms on employment opportunities and that is why Labour would introduce the jobs guarantee for young people.
"Whilst George Osborne boasts that the economy is on the way to recovery, I’m not sure his complacency is shared by working families in Wirral.
"With falling wages and the rising cost of living families are really feeling the pinch. A recovery should benefit ordinary British families, but David Cameron’s government is failing them.
"Labour will be on the side of hard working families and not just benefit the few at the top. When George Osborne speaks of a recovery it is insulting to struggling families across the country."
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