Unemployment at lowest since May 2010

UNEMPLOYMENT is at its lowest in Weaver Vale since May 2010.

Graham Evans MP is pleased by the latest unemployment figures, which show unemployment has dropped to 4.1 per cent in Weaver Vale.

Youth unemployment is also at its lowest since Mr Evans became MP.

“Across Weaver Vale there were 1,803 Job Seeker Allowance (JSA) claimants in October 2013 compared to 2,091 in May 2010,” said Mr Evans.

“That is a 4.1 per cent rate compared to the north west average of 4.6 per cent and the national average of 4.0 per cent.

“This follows the regional trend which shows that across the north west the number of people in work has increased by 8,000 since 2010.”

Youth unemployment – 18 to 24-year-olds claiming jobseekers allowance – has dropped from 9.7 per cent in 2010 to 7.3 per cent in October.

Mr Evans added: “The consistent improvements in employment figures over the past 10 months suggest the UK economy is improving and making an impact on the lives of people in Weaver Vale.

“I am proud that steps in my constituency, such as running two jobs fairs with planning underway for a third, and apprenticeship schemes can demonstrate the opportunities that are out there.”

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2:54pm Tue 3 Dec 13

Tabbytha says...

I am sorry but this is a load of tosh.Figures may be down but at what cost? My son was a JSA claimant,and took a job with an agency after constant pressure to 'get work' from DWP.
Let me explain a bit about these 'agencies'.Large companies employ them to recruit temporary workers when they have extra production lines to operate
Agency recruits workers=First couple of weeks everything is ok,as the work load is heavy.=production falls = recruits get less and less work.
RESULT ??

MAYBE BUT
The claimant who signed off JSA,lost all other support ie.council/housing benefit and began paying those bills themselves.

when the work dries up and there is just 1 days paid work or none,even,how are these youngsters supposed to maintain their livelihood ?

This happened to my son,who ended up so far behind with his bills not just once but several times,that he eventually lost his accomodation.

So YES employment figures may fall, but poverty and hardship amongst our younger is increasing at an alarming rate.

My son applied for HUNDREDS of jobs through work agencies and job sites,all which were a waste of time and effort.I used to sit for 4hrs or more trawling job sites and applying on his behalf,so I know this to be the case.

Sorry for the negativity but the truth of the impact of this article,needs to be brought into the mix also.
I am sorry but this is a load of tosh.Figures may be down but at what cost? My son was a JSA claimant,and took a job with an agency after constant pressure to 'get work' from DWP. Let me explain a bit about these 'agencies'.Large companies employ them to recruit temporary workers when they have extra production lines to operate Agency recruits workers=First couple of weeks everything is ok,as the work load is heavy.=production falls = recruits get less and less work. RESULT ?? MAYBE BUT The claimant who signed off JSA,lost all other support ie.council/housing benefit and began paying those bills themselves. when the work dries up and there is just 1 days paid work or none,even,how are these youngsters supposed to maintain their livelihood ? This happened to my son,who ended up so far behind with his bills not just once but several times,that he eventually lost his accomodation. So YES employment figures may fall, but poverty and hardship amongst our younger is increasing at an alarming rate. My son applied for HUNDREDS of jobs through work agencies and job sites,all which were a waste of time and effort.I used to sit for 4hrs or more trawling job sites and applying on his behalf,so I know this to be the case. Sorry for the negativity but the truth of the impact of this article,needs to be brought into the mix also. Tabbytha
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11:22am Wed 4 Dec 13

L Byrne says...

Sad to see this column being used as a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party.

Without wanting to make a political point, readers should beware that MPs like Graham are being coached on how to massage the numbers , particularly on unemployment, to give a misleading picture.

Its all about the definition of a 'job'. For example, in Graham's world if say 10 people lose their full time well paid, pensioned jobs and are replaced by 15 part time jobs on minimum wage and zero hours contracts; that means a 50% increase in employment and its champagne all round in Conservative Central Office! Totally misleading but clever.

The reality, particularly in the North, is much more like the world described by Tabbytha.
Sad to see this column being used as a party political broadcast on behalf of the Tory party. Without wanting to make a political point, readers should beware that MPs like Graham are being coached on how to massage the numbers , particularly on unemployment, to give a misleading picture. Its all about the definition of a 'job'. For example, in Graham's world if say 10 people lose their full time well paid, pensioned jobs and are replaced by 15 part time jobs on minimum wage and zero hours contracts; that means a 50% increase in employment and its champagne all round in Conservative Central Office! Totally misleading but clever. The reality, particularly in the North, is much more like the world described by Tabbytha. L Byrne
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