Job seekers in Worcester drop again

Worcester MP Robin Walker has praised the city's job figures.

Worcester MP Robin Walker has praised the city's job figures.

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THE number of jobless Worcester residents continues to fall.

Figures released this morning by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 1,517 people in the city were claiming Jobseekers' Allowance in May - the lowest figure since October 2008.

The number has dropped by 141 in the space of one month, continuing a trend which has seen the claimant numbers fall each month since February.

"We're seeing a continuation of strong temporary figures which is a good sign," said Ben Mannion, of Hewett Recruitment in Foregate Street, Worcester.

"Permanent placements are also strong; we've seen record figures for April and May, while June is already looking good. So it's really positive news.

"The industries that have seen a lot of growth in this area continue to be IT and engineering."

The latest figure means just 2.3 per cent of Worcester's working age population are claiming the government benefit, below both the West Midlands average of 3.3 per cent and the national average of 2.6 per cent.

Of the Worcester figure, 1,022 are men, and 495 women.

Worcester MP Robin Walker said he was delighted by the figures.

"I welcome the figures and I’m pleased to see a continued fall in unemployment for Worcester, with positive momentum continuing," he said.

"The fact that more than two million new jobs have been created in the private sector, the majority of which are full time and in small and medium-sized businesses reflects a truly sustained recovery in employment.

"I am thrilled that Worcester appears to be at the forefront of this but we need to keep up the pressure."

Nationally, the number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance last month fell by 27,400 to 1.09 million.

Across the West Midlands, business leaders say they are buoyed by the news.

“The downward trend in unemployment is good news for the region and there is a lot of positive news coming from our members," said Tim Pile, president of Birmingham Chamber of Commerce.

“The chamber is actively working to encourage firms to invest in upskilling existing staff as well as hiring new (staff)."

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12:34pm Wed 11 Jun 14

BC10ax says...

If Robin Walker is going to try and muscle in on this story, he might want to talk about wages.

Pay is failing to keep pace with inflation. People might be in work, but they are getting poorer, apparently.

Well, ordinary people are. Not the likes of our Robin and other private school educated MP's who don't work in the real economy.
If Robin Walker is going to try and muscle in on this story, he might want to talk about wages. Pay is failing to keep pace with inflation. People might be in work, but they are getting poorer, apparently. Well, ordinary people are. Not the likes of our Robin and other private school educated MP's who don't work in the real economy. BC10ax
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2:23pm Wed 11 Jun 14

Jabbadad says...

While praising any new jobs especially apprenticeships since they are our future and should be in work not people who previously would be pensioners, but have to work on & on.
Robin might wish to address the comments from the CBI who say that it's likely that there could be up to 5 Million Zero Hours jobs in the UK now, which of course takes them off the unemployed list. So perhaps more skullduggery, with Cameron baying in Parliament today about more jobs.
What are CONservative real jobs?
While praising any new jobs especially apprenticeships since they are our future and should be in work not people who previously would be pensioners, but have to work on & on. Robin might wish to address the comments from the CBI who say that it's likely that there could be up to 5 Million Zero Hours jobs in the UK now, which of course takes them off the unemployed list. So perhaps more skullduggery, with Cameron baying in Parliament today about more jobs. What are CONservative real jobs? Jabbadad
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4:26pm Wed 11 Jun 14

dropkick55 says...

If you believe this Tory BS you deserve all you'll get.
Most are forced to go to per-temps under threat of sanction and the rest that were late to sign on, or filled their weekly job activity wrong were sanctioned.
I know, been wrongly sanctioned but still waiting for money owed me!
If you believe this Tory BS you deserve all you'll get. Most are forced to go to per-temps under threat of sanction and the rest that were late to sign on, or filled their weekly job activity wrong were sanctioned. I know, been wrongly sanctioned but still waiting for money owed me! dropkick55
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5:31pm Wed 11 Jun 14

bmoc55 says...

So this is good news.
Then to the naysayers. They are never happy about anything. It must be depressing to be so negative.
So this is good news. Then to the naysayers. They are never happy about anything. It must be depressing to be so negative. bmoc55
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1:09pm Thu 12 Jun 14

iamthebinman says...

broc55 your right. As soon as there is any good news, the same old moaners are lighting quick to put a negative spin on it.

I'm going to celebrate with a round of golf in the sunshine before a few pints and a bit of Brazil.

Might use the 2k DC let me off my NI staff contributions to pay for it. Cheers Dave my son!

Happy days!
broc55 your right. As soon as there is any good news, the same old moaners are lighting quick to put a negative spin on it. I'm going to celebrate with a round of golf in the sunshine before a few pints and a bit of Brazil. Might use the 2k DC let me off my NI staff contributions to pay for it. Cheers Dave my son! Happy days! iamthebinman
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