Rise in Burnley jobless figures

Job opportunities: Boohoo
Job opportunities: Boohoo

The number of people in Burnley claiming out of work benefits increased slightly this month but is still lower than five years ago.

Burnley Job Centre announced that 1,582 people claimed Jobseekers’ Allowance and Universal Credit this month – an increase of 46 on last month.

Overall the picture is still quite good in Burnley

Mr Ken O’Shea, Pennine employer and partnership manager

However, that figure is still 6% down on this time last year and 33% down on 2010 when there were 2,365 claimants.

Mr Ken O’Shea, Pennine employer and partnership manager, said: “Overall the picture is still quite good in Burnley.

“We look at 2010 as a difficult year when the global economic issues really took hold, but thankfully things have picked up since then.

“There are more opportunities now. Burnley Pension Centre in Simonstone has recently asked us to recruit another 50 people.

“The work is a temporary six month contract but full-time hours. We also contniue to recruit regularly for Boohoo and other local companies.

“September is also Feeding Britain’s Future month. We have opportunities in Burnley and Pendle with Marks and Spencer, Asda and Warburtons.”