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Borough bucks the Greater Manchester trend
Thursday 16th June, 2011

Official figures show that unemployment in Wigan Borough has fallen for the third month in a row.

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance in Wigan fell by 154 (-1.76%) in May. Wigan Borough had the largest reduction in Greater Manchester with many other areas showing increases. Since January 2011, the number of people claiming JSA has fallen by 195 (-2.2 per cent) in Wigan compared to an increase across Greater Manchester of 1,329 (1.77 per cent).

Together with its partners, Wigan Council is doing everything possible to help local people get a job – and so far in 2011, over 4,000 residents have found work and stopped claiming Job Seekers Allowance.

Cllr David Molyneux, Deputy Leader of Wigan Council and Cabinet Champion for Regeneration, said: “It is no coincidence that Wigan is bucking the Greater Manchester trend for unemployment. The continuing support offered to the people of Wigan is amongst the most effective in Greater Manchester.”

Support is available to all jobseekers, whether they are currently unemployed, at risk of redundancy or just looking for a change.

The Skill Shops is a one stop shop for people requiring job related training and qualifications, often at no cost. Further support is also available from Inspire 2 Independence who work with major employers in the area to identify vacancies and match people to the most appropriate job. They also assist people to create or update their Curriculum Vitae and offer training in how to be successful in interviews.

For residents with an entrepreneurial fleur, free business start up support is available from Blue Orchid. The council has been instrumental in supporting the creation of over 450 new businesses in Wigan.

Susan Gambles, the council’s head of economic development, added: “Despite the continuing economic uncertainty affecting businesses, the increase in the number of people returning to work since January is particularly encouraging. The help and support available through the Skill Shops and I2I continues to give people the best chance of getting a job.”

For more information about the support available, please go to www.way-to-work.co.uk.

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