Jobseeker numbers dip for first time in months

Worcester News: Jobseeker numbers dip for first time in months Jobseeker numbers dip for first time in months

THE number of jobseekers in Worcester has fallen for the first time since last year.

Figures released today by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 1,803 people were claiming Jobseekers' Allowance in March.

It means 2.7 per cent of the city's working age population is claiming the benefit, which is still below both the West Midlands figure (3.6 per cent) and the national figure (2.9 per cent).

The figures are the first time numbers have dropped since last November when there were 1,692 people claiming JA.

"We are seeing the number of temporary positions remaining strong, particularly in the industrial and manufacturing sector, which is good," said Ben Mannion, strategic development director at Hewett Recruitment on Foregate Street, Worcester.

"From a permanent point of view I think it's our strongest period for about six months.

"Since January we've seen a big upturn in both temporary and permanent requirements.

"I think this shows there is more all-round confidence in the market place and this recovery seems to be sustained and sustainable."

Nationally, the number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five-year low of 2.24 million.

The unemployment rate now stands at 6.9 per cent of the adult working population.

Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander said: "These figures are some of the strongest evidence yet that we are embedding the recovery.

"We have record numbers in work and unemployment falling at the fastest rate in over a decade."

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11:44am Wed 16 Apr 14

rob sandel says...

Since when was 1,803 less than 1,692 !!!!
Since when was 1,803 less than 1,692 !!!! rob sandel
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12:35pm Wed 16 Apr 14

Robot 3021 says...

rob sandel wrote:
Since when was 1,803 less than 1,692 !!!!
I think you are misunderstanding the quote rather.

I take it to mean that the numbers last fell in November, to a low of 1692. Since then they have risen month on month (to higher than 1803), before falling to 1803 now.

Happy to be corrected though if I'm being dim, which is quite possible.
[quote][p][bold]rob sandel[/bold] wrote: Since when was 1,803 less than 1,692 !!!![/p][/quote]I think you are misunderstanding the quote rather. I take it to mean that the numbers last fell in November, to a low of 1692. Since then they have risen month on month (to higher than 1803), before falling to 1803 now. Happy to be corrected though if I'm being dim, which is quite possible. Robot 3021
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12:51am Thu 17 Apr 14

Jabbadad says...

They still aren't identifying the Jobs which are Zero Hours with no contracts, which should be evaluated differently. Then we would see whether there were
2 millions extra in full time jobs as the CONservatives would wish us to believe?
They still aren't identifying the Jobs which are Zero Hours with no contracts, which should be evaluated differently. Then we would see whether there were 2 millions extra in full time jobs as the CONservatives would wish us to believe? Jabbadad
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7:29am Thu 17 Apr 14

green49 says...

Jabbadad there are non so blind as those who cant or wont see, this government are not telling the truth which is no surprise as they are a load of incompetant idiots, The figures are false yet again, IDS changing the system that makes things worse for the vunerable for a start what a dognut he is and has always been, plus what a mess they will leave when ousted, its about time all the politicians told us what was going on instead of just looking out for themselves.
Jabbadad there are non so blind as those who cant or wont see, this government are not telling the truth which is no surprise as they are a load of incompetant idiots, The figures are false yet again, IDS changing the system that makes things worse for the vunerable for a start what a dognut he is and has always been, plus what a mess they will leave when ousted, its about time all the politicians told us what was going on instead of just looking out for themselves. green49
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