Negligible rise in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claimants

Wirral Globe: Negligable rise in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claimants Negligable rise in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claimants

THE number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Wirral remained almost static in the last month.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics today show 6,715 people claimed the benefit - a rise of just five on the previous 6,710.

Nationally, just over 30m people are now working, up by 459,000 on a year ago.

Youth and long-term unemployment has also fallen, with those out of work for over a year down by 38,000 to 828,000, while 912,000 people aged between 16 and 24 were jobless, down by 29,000.

Employment minister and Wirral West MP Esther McVey said: "We now have the highest employment rate for five years, which shows that the growing economy is helping record numbers of people to find a job, turn their lives around and have the security of a regular wage.

"The rise in employment is being fuelled by businesses and entrepreneurs across the country who are feeling increasingly confident with the improving economy.

"They should be congratulated for creating over 1.7m private sector jobs since 2010 - that's over 1,000 more people in private sector jobs every day."

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12:31pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Olibats says...

Esther McVey may like to explain why the Work Programme she supports has,at the latest figures sent 77% of those who join it back to the Job Centre at the end of two years and has failed the disabled and over 50s.
She may also like to explain why, the Universal Jobs match is an acknowledged mess and so will be dumped in 2016.
Oh and does she care about will happen to to Wirral residents, who,if on low pay and housing benefit,will have their housing benefit "sanctioned" if they don't try hard enough to look for extra work or hours following the introduction (?!) of Universal Credit.?
Esther McVey may like to explain why the Work Programme she supports has,at the latest figures sent 77% of those who join it back to the Job Centre at the end of two years and has failed the disabled and over 50s. She may also like to explain why, the Universal Jobs match is an acknowledged mess and so will be dumped in 2016. Oh and does she care about will happen to to Wirral residents, who,if on low pay and housing benefit,will have their housing benefit "sanctioned" if they don't try hard enough to look for extra work or hours following the introduction (?!) of Universal Credit.? Olibats
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