Further fall in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claims

Further fall in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claims

Further fall in Wirral Jobseekers' Allowance claims

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THE number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in Wirral has fallen again as figures show employment is at its highest level nationally.

Official figures from the Office for National Statistics out today show 5,899 local people claimed the benefit in May - a drop of 199 on the previous month's 6,098.

Nationally, the number of people in work is 30.54 million, after a rise which was the highest since records began in 1971.

It means 780,000 jobs have been added since a year earlier, the biggest annual rise since 1989.

Unemployment fell by 161,000 to 2.16 million, with the jobless rate dropping to 6.6%.

Much of the jump in the headline employment number was caused by a rise in self-employment, which rose by 337,000 to reach 4.54 million Other data from the ONS showed jobseeker's allowance claimants fell by 27,400 in May to 1.09 million.

The number of economically inactive people fell by 80,000 in the last quarter to 8.82 million.

The number of those out of work for more tan a year was down by 37,000 to 791,000, with unemployment among 16 to 24-year-olds also falling.

Wirral West MP and Minister for Employment, Esther McVey said: "As we build a stronger economy, businesses up and down the country are feeling increasingly confident about creating jobs, meaning many thousands more people are in work every day - ensuring a better future for them, their families, and for the country as a whole."

Wirral South MP Alison McGovern said: "Statistics show unemployment has fallen again which is welcome.

"But youth unemployment, zero-hour contracts and the financial problems people face are all still cause for concern in our economy.

"I know, from talking to people in my constituency regularly that young people are struggling to find work.

"The recent Queen's speech showed that the government do not see the difficulties my constituents face as a priority.

"I want a Labour government because we could then take action that would help."

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11:25am Wed 11 Jun 14

mickey1more says...

Wonder how many of the 5,899 drink in the Wetherspoons pubs on The Wirral each day while collecting their job seekers allowance ?
I reckon quite a few, love to see that percentage printed one day.

Good job Esther, keep it up, just grind these spongers down.
Wonder how many of the 5,899 drink in the Wetherspoons pubs on The Wirral each day while collecting their job seekers allowance ? I reckon quite a few, love to see that percentage printed one day. Good job Esther, keep it up, just grind these spongers down. mickey1more
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2:02pm Wed 11 Jun 14

JimmyMercury says...

You reckon quite a few do you? I assume you have proof of this or are you just trotting out the same old propaganda?

The fact is that there are a lot more unemployed than official statistics show. This is because many people do not claim simply because it is deliberately made too difficult for them. Admissions by whistle blowers employed at Job Centres tell of managers ordering staff to make life as difficult as possible so that many people are sanctioned. Some give up and live, sorry survive on a partners earnings/savings and what about the fact that a number of people have attempted suicide in job centres which has been hushed up?

I don't know if Mickey has a job or is just one of those who sit comfortably at home on a private income and moan about others. If he has a job then I hope one day after working solidly for 30 plus years, he gets made redundant (without compensation) and tries to get job seekers allowance. Under Ms McVey's Government, all too sadly this is a regular thing.
You reckon quite a few do you? I assume you have proof of this or are you just trotting out the same old propaganda? The fact is that there are a lot more unemployed than official statistics show. This is because many people do not claim simply because it is deliberately made too difficult for them. Admissions by whistle blowers employed at Job Centres tell of managers ordering staff to make life as difficult as possible so that many people are sanctioned. Some give up and live, sorry survive on a partners earnings/savings and what about the fact that a number of people have attempted suicide in job centres which has been hushed up? I don't know if Mickey has a job or is just one of those who sit comfortably at home on a private income and moan about others. If he has a job then I hope one day after working solidly for 30 plus years, he gets made redundant (without compensation) and tries to get job seekers allowance. Under Ms McVey's Government, all too sadly this is a regular thing. JimmyMercury
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11:45am Thu 12 Jun 14

Roadkill says...

mickey1more wrote:
Wonder how many of the 5,899 drink in the Wetherspoons pubs on The Wirral each day while collecting their job seekers allowance ?
I reckon quite a few, love to see that percentage printed one day.

Good job Esther, keep it up, just grind these spongers down.
What an unpleasant remark to make.

Are you in work? If so, I hope you find yourself in the same position as these "spongers" very soon. Let's see how quick you are with your comments then.
[quote][p][bold]mickey1more[/bold] wrote: Wonder how many of the 5,899 drink in the Wetherspoons pubs on The Wirral each day while collecting their job seekers allowance ? I reckon quite a few, love to see that percentage printed one day. Good job Esther, keep it up, just grind these spongers down.[/p][/quote]What an unpleasant remark to make. Are you in work? If so, I hope you find yourself in the same position as these "spongers" very soon. Let's see how quick you are with your comments then. Roadkill
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11:49am Thu 12 Jun 14

Roadkill says...

According to the House of Commons Library, Labour Force Survey data is totally unreliable at constituency level. I realise this must be acutely embarrassing for the ubiquitous Ms McVey, but it can't be ignored. Unless, of course, she is one of those MPs who uses favourable figures when it suits her, regardless of their reliability...
According to the House of Commons Library, Labour Force Survey data is totally unreliable at constituency level. I realise this must be acutely embarrassing for the ubiquitous Ms McVey, but it can't be ignored. Unless, of course, she is one of those MPs who uses favourable figures when it suits her, regardless of their reliability... Roadkill
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