Burnley jobless figure drops - by four

Burnley Jobcentre
Burnley Jobcentre

The number of people claiming out of work benefits in Burnley dropped very slightly this month.

Burnley Jobcentre revealed that the amount of people claiming Job Seeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit had fallen from 1,540 people in July to 1,536 this month.

The Jobcentre is continuing to help those in the town who are out of work and there are still plenty of opportunities around

Ken O’Shea, Pennine employer and partnership manager

Ken O’Shea, Pennine employer and partnership manager, said: “The figure has obviously only dropped by four but it is a step in the right direction.

“The Jobcentre is continuing to help those in the town who are out of work and there are still plenty of opportunities around.

“There has been a steady decline in claimants throughout the year which is encouraging.”

Mr O’Shea said the Jobcentre was encouraging more local employers to take on young people for work experience, something which would stand them in good stead when applying for work.

He added: “We have just recently launched WEcan – a campaign to encourage 18 to 24 year olds to gain work experience.

“We are also helping to run the Feeding Britain’s Future programme with the Institute of Grocery Distribution.

“This provides employability skills training and an insight into the food and consumer goods industry. So far Marks and Spencer Burnley, and Asda Colne will be participating.”