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Friday 18th November, 2011

The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance fell by 92 in October, a reduction of 1.03 per cent across Wigan Borough.

It’s the second month in a row that unemployment has fallen in the borough following the reduction of 79 (0.87 per cent) in September – and the year has seen a number of reductions already.

Deputy council leader and economy champion, Cllr David Molyneux, warmly welcomed the news. He said: “Unemployment is a personal tragedy for individuals, their families and indeed for our local economy.

We’re working hard to address this and we are seeing the results making a real difference to people which is significantly better than many other areas.”

The fall of 1.03 per cent is the second highest fall in Greater Manchester, with Oldham achieving a 1.6 per cent reduction. It’s a significantly better fall that the regional average of just 0.29 per cent.

Since January 2011, unemployment in Wigan has increased by the lowest amount in Greater Manchester - 86 (0.98 per cent). Across Greater Manchester, the rise in unemployment was 9.26 per cent in 2011. The number of people aged 18-24 claiming Job Seekers Allowance in the borough fell by 25 (0.83 per cent) in October compared to a rise of 195 (0.73 per cent) across Greater Manchester.

Cllr Molyneux said: “The second consecutive fall of unemployment in Wigan is very welcome considering the current economic situation. Such results do not happen by themselves but are as a result of the hard work and dedication from the Council and Partners in addressing this critical issue.”

Youth unemployment and so-called NEETS (those Not in Education, Employment or Training) have been a headline issue nationally but in the borough the figures are down.

Cllr Molyneux added: “The fall in youth unemployment is particularly pleasing as many people were forecasting a further increase. However, the council and partners will not be complacent and will continue to focus on supporting young people to find work.”

· Wigan Skills Shop, Unit 30, Grand Arcade, Wigan WN1 1BH - tel. 01942 827826
· Leigh Skills Shop, 8 Market Street, Leigh, WN7 1DS - tel. 01942 404456
· Marsh Green Skills Shop, Harrow Road, Wigan - tel. 01942 776793

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