Further reduction in Wirral benefit claimants as national employment reaches record high (From Wirral Globe)
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Further reduction in Wirral benefit claimants as national employment reaches record high
THERE'S good news for Wirral West MP Esther McVey in her first month as employment minister - new figures out today show the number in work nationally is at a record high.
Data released by the Office for National Statistics reveals that 6,949 people claimed Jobseekers' Allowance in the borough last month, compared to 7,311 in August, a drop of 362.
Birkenhead saw a fall of 202 from 3,105 to 2,903, and there were 80 fewer claimants in Wallasey with 2,282.
There were 861 people claiming in Wirral South, compared with 903 the previous month, a fall of 42.
In Esther McVey's Wirral West constituency the figure fell by 30 from 933 to 903.
The borough's monthly unemployment statistics have been showing a downward trend since late last year.
Cllr Pat Hackett, the council's cabinet member for the economy, said: "This is the seventh month running that we have seen a fall in the number of people in Wirral claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, with a reduction of 362 people claiming the benefit during September.
"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.
"This also represents a 17% reduction (1,445 people) on those claiming JSA since September 2012.
"Wirral has also reduced its number of 18-24 claimants by 530 since September 2012 – a reduction of nearly 19%.
"This again outperforms the regional and national averages. We continue to focus a great deal of work on tackling youth unemployment and are leading on the Liverpool City Region Youth Unemployment Taskforce.”
Nationally, the number of people in work has reached a record high of almost 30 million after a new fall in unemployment.
Just under 2.5 million people were out of work in the three months to August, down by 18,000 on the previous three months, while figures showed the biggest monthly fall in jobseeker's allowance claimants for 16 years.
They also show the number of people unemployed in the North West rose by 24,000, meaning 294,000 are now out of work.
Commenting on rise in employment, Esther McVey said: "Today's figures show a rise in employment of more than a million under this Government, and they show that there are now more people in work than ever before.
"That's a really positive sign of growth in the UK economy, and a credit to British businesses for creating those jobs.
"We are not complacent - there's still work to do - but with more than 500,000 vacancies currently available, and with all the signs being that the economy is turning a corner, we can see that there are opportunities out there for hardworking people who aspire to get on in life."
Wirral South MP Alison McGovern told the Globe: "I welcome any drop in unemployment in my constituency.
"The question that Governmenrt needs to answer is how many of the jobs are on zero-hour contracts or low paid.
"In a world where families are seeing £300 year rises in their energy bills, are the jobs really enough for ever Wirral family?"
On the rise in Northwest unemployment Lynn Collins, NW TUC Regional Secretary, said: “The North West is feeling the effects of the government’s austerity agenda.
"It’s clear proof that more needs to be done and that the government’s plans just aren’t working.
"Despite cutting public sector jobs and the slow growing economy that isn’t creating the jobs the government predicted, the Coalition seems to have run out of ideas. We need an alternative economic model that delivers good sustainable jobs and we need a jobs guarantee for every unemployed young person.
"A rise in unemployment comes on top of a cost of living crisis, with rising costs alongside real term wage cuts and an increase in the use of food banks and pay day lenders.
"It’s difficult for anyone to claim that this is working for people in the North West."
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