Jobcentre bosses’ ‘good news’ over employment figures

Burnley Jobcentre

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Unemployment in Burnley stood at more than the national and regional average last year – although there has since been a reduction in people claiming out of work benefits in the town.

From October 2013 to September 2014, there were 3,700 unemployed people in Burnley or 9.4% of the population.

This is good news for Burnley. I feel the latest figures are reflective of all the hard work that’s going on here

Ken O’Shea, Burnley and Pendle Jobcentres

That stood against a North-West average of 7.4% and a Great Britain average of 6.5%.

However, Jobcentre bosses reported better news this week in that the number claiming unemployment benefit – now a combination of Jobseekers’ Allowance and Universal Credit – was 1,253 people to date. That represents a drop from this time last year when 2,076 people were claiming.

Mr Ken O’Shea, employer and partnership manager for Burnley and Pendle Jobcentres, said: “This is good news for Burnley. I feel the latest figures are reflective of all the hard work that’s going on here.

“Here at the Jobcentre we are working hard to encourage employers to consider unemployed people.

“We have strong relationships with local employers as well as partner agencies including local colleges and recruitment agencies.

“For example, we are working with Burnley College to provide one to one support around interview techniques. We are also running themed months as we did recently with the local hospitality industry.”

Generally across the North-West, employment has reached a record high, driven by the largest annual rise in employment on record with 117,000 more people in work than this time last year.

Private sector employment was also up by 172,000 since 2010 and up 139,000 in the last year.

Over the past year, 138,500 people participated in apprenticeships in the region.