Rise in Burnley jobless figures

Boohoo on Heasandford Industrial Estate

Boohoo on Heasandford Industrial Estate

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The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance and Universal Credit in Burnley rose slightly in July, but is still less than this time last year.

The Department for Work and Pensions revealed that 1,540 people claimed JSA and UC in the town, which was up slightly from 1,501 in June.

There’s a healthy job market in Burnley at the present time.

Mr Ken O’Shea, Job Centre Plus

However, the figures are 14% less than this time last year which local Job Centre bosses say is a promising statistic.

Mr Ken O’Shea, employer and partnership manager for Job Centre Plus, said: “Overall, the figure is looking very positive. We have strong ties to a number of local employers and have recently been sending a lot of people to Burnley business Boohoo.

“We have provided Boohoo with 20 or more people a week for picking and packing roles. There’s a healthy job market in Burnley at the present time.

“It’s good to see we can match people up and get people into work.

“We recently provided pre-employment training which is designed to support young people when they find jobs.”