Further fall in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claimants

Further fall in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claimants

Further fall in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claimants

First published in News Wirral Globe: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

THE number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Wirral has fallen again as new figures show employment nationally is at a record high.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics out today show 6,098 people claimed the benefit in April - a drop of 254 on the previous month's 6,352.

Nationally, more than 30.4 million people are now in work - the highest since records began in 1971.

Unemployment has fallen by 133,000 to 2.2 million, the lowest for five years.

Wirral West MP and Minister for Employment, Esther McVey said: "As the recovery takes hold, more people are able to get a job or set up their own business and become the employers of tomorrow.

"Each and every person who has made a new start or hired someone new is helping to make Britain a more prosperous and confident place to be.

"We will continue to support those in and out of work who want to get on and fulfil their ambitions for a more secure future."

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: “We all want to see signs of recovery in our economy as it has been a tough last four years for many people.

“Today's statistics do show a fall in unemployment which on the surface seems encouraging however I sense that most people are not feeling an economic recovery.

"We also still have big problems to tackle with regards to getting young people into work and with underemployment.

"We have seen how prevalent zero hour contracts have become which is something I have been concerned about for a long while and I welcomed Ed Miliband’s pledge to tackle abuse of these contracts should Labour be in government in 2015 as part of Labour’s wider plan to tackle the cost of living crisis.

"Labour would also introduce a jobs guarantee to tackle youth unemployment."

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2:13pm Wed 14 May 14

WirralAl says...

Yawn how these politicians try to take the credit!

Ed Miliband is making promises he cannot keep and is just another liar that will come out with this sort of mumbojumb just to win votes.

You can tell the election is coming! More crap to come no doubt!
Yawn how these politicians try to take the credit! Ed Miliband is making promises he cannot keep and is just another liar that will come out with this sort of mumbojumb just to win votes. You can tell the election is coming! More crap to come no doubt! WirralAl
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7:20pm Wed 14 May 14

Joeblogg85 says...

More nonsense spoken by Esther! How this woman likes to big herself and her party up. I really hope she gets the boot at the next general election.
More nonsense spoken by Esther! How this woman likes to big herself and her party up. I really hope she gets the boot at the next general election. Joeblogg85
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9:15am Thu 15 May 14

jrayray says...

Have people found full time steady employment? or have they been pushed into self employment so that the WP Providers can claim a payout,how many have been Sanctioned? Utter ****!
Have people found full time steady employment? or have they been pushed into self employment so that the WP Providers can claim a payout,how many have been Sanctioned? Utter ****! jrayray
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