Burnley jobs boost

Boohoo Company on Heasandford Industrial Estate
Boohoo Company on Heasandford Industrial Estate

The number of people claiming benefits in Burnley is falling month on month.

The latest Jobcentre Plus figures have revealed that there are currently 1,500 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance/Universal Credit in the town.

That figure is down 30% on 12 months ago and employment and partnership manager Heather Murray said unemployment numbers were continuing to move in the right direction.

“It’s good news for the town. There are fewer people out of work and looking for a job. The amount of people claiming is falling every month and it’s good to see.”

In 2010 there were 1,095 more people claiming than there are currently and Miss Murray said new businesses opening in Burnley combined with the proactive work being done by the Jobcentre was helping drive this figure down.

“The employment market is very buoyant. The are more jobs being created particular through Boohoo who are one of the largest employers in the area. A total of 246 job seekers gone into work at Boohoo. And they are recruiting again with 40 warehouse vacancies open. They are expected to become the town’s largest employer this year.

“The Range has recently opened up a store as well. They recruited 60 employees and the Jobcentre helped support that recruitment. Some 50% of those employed by The Range were claimants.

“We are doing a lot of proactive work as well. We hold themed sector months, this month’s being hospitality and that has seen us working with The Oaks and Burnley Market to give customers a flavour of what these sectors are about.

“There a number of jobs being created in Burnley and this combined with the proactive work being done hopefully means there will be fewer and fewer people claiming as the year goes on.”