HUNDREDS of Wiganers are among the 28,000 North West jobseekers have escaped long term unemployment and found lasting work of at least six months through the Work Programme.
New figures show performance has improved since it was launched in June 2011. Up until the end of September 2012, just under 55,000 across the UK had found lasting work. This has almost quadrupled to 208,000 people across the UK by September 2013.
In the last three months 40,000 people have found lasting work; this is an increase from the 37,000 in the previous three months.
Unlike the short term focus of previous schemes the Work Programme is about keeping people in work.
The figures published today show that the vast majority of those who find sustained employment are remaining in work beyond the six month point.
Minister for Employment Esther McVey said: “It is really encouraging that increasing numbers of people at risk of long term unemployment are finding lasting jobs thanks to the Work Programme, a key part of the Government’s long term economic plan to get people off benefits and into work.
“With a record 30 million people now in work, we are determined to do everything we can to support those people who are hardest to help into work, and that is what the Work Programme is designed to do.”