Hundreds of Preston’s jobless back in work

ACTION: Jobcentre Plus staff are helping Lancashire people to find work, say bosses
ACTION: Jobcentre Plus staff are helping Lancashire people to find work, say bosses
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Nearly a quarter of unemployed Preston people have got back into work in the last 12 months as jobless figures continue to fall.

According to latest statistics, the city has seen a massive 23 per cent drop in the number of people unemployed and claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance or the new Universal Credit compared to a year ago.

And in Leyland, the figures are even greater – with a 30 per cent drop.

The figures were revealed by the boss of the Preston Jobcentre Plus as the Office of National Statistics showed unemployment fell nationally by 63,000 to 1.96 million in the three months to the end of October.

The national jobless rate is now six per cent, matching its lowest level in six years.

Susan Heaton, manager of the Preston Jobcentre Plus, said the numbers had fallen from 2,722 a year ago to a current 2,110.

And the trend was still downwards.

In Leyland, the number of people claiming JSA and the new Universal Credit now stood at 531 – down 30 per cent on the same time last year.

Susan said there was optimism that things were moving in the right direction.

She added that the jobs that were being filled were significant roles – not lowly-paid part-time positions.

She said: “I have worked in the department for a long time and it does feel good at the moment.

“We are doing everything we can for our clients and there has never been more support available.”

Youth unemployment is also down year on year – 24 per cent in Preston and 35 per cent in Leyland.