Unemployment in Lancashire is falling

Minister: Esther McVey
Minister: Esther McVey
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The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance in central Lancashire has fallen in the past 12 months.

Figures show that in the year since September 2013 there has been a 24 per cent decrease in the number of claimants in Preston, 33 per cent in Leyland and 30 per cent in Chorley.

There has also be a reduction of youth unemployment.

The manager of the Jobcentre in Preston and Leyland, Susan Heaton, said youth unemployment in Preston has fallen by 30 per cent, in Leyland it has dropped by 28 per cent and in Chorley is has reduced by 37 per cent.

The number of people over 50 and unemployed as also decreased.

In Preston the number has fallen by 26 per cent, 18 per cent in Leyland and 31 per cent in Chorley.

Susan said she expects the trend to continue and attributed the success to the support available for job seekers. She said: “Unemployment hasn’t been so low in Preston since 2008. There’s a lot of support available now, there has never been as much. There is something for everybody.”

Susan said just recently the Jobcentre helped a person who has been unemployed for two years get a job. The man was suffering from anxiety problems but after taking part in a work experience job was given more confidence. And a woman who hadn’t worked for 10 years has secured a new job thanks to interview training and skills support. In the North West there are now 109,000 more people in work than this time last year.

Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “Behind the figures there are countless individual stories of people turning their lives around, of families who are now feeling more secure with a regular wage, and of young people escaping unemployment and building a career.”