Burnley jobless figure: signs are ‘encouraging’

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People claiming out of work benefits in Burnley has dropped by 9% from this time last year.

Figures just released for November, show that 1,515 people claimed Universal Credit and Job Seekers’ Allowance, 130 less than this time last year.

The number is also 39 less claimants from last month.

Ken O’Shea, employer and partnership manager at Burnley Jobcentre, said: “The signs are encouraging. We are seeing a growth in the construction sector, and to this end we have started working with Burnley College which is offering training.

“In the new year we will also be working in partnership with the BBC on a new digital strategy recruiting young people.

“There will be live web seminars with prominent figures from the BBC offering young people support and advice.

“Calico and Preston College will be working with us on this project, with Calico hosting traineeships on January 18th and another one in March.”

Mr O’Shea said that Burnley company Boohoo is again recruting and the Jobcentre was working with the TRS recruitment agency to take on 20 to 25 people each week.

A new theme is also being launched in January entitled New Year New Job in centres.

Pendle saw a slight increase of 13% on out of work claimants from this time last year, but the change since 2013 has seen a 35% drop.