THE number of out-of-work Wiganers has more than halved since May 2013.
With borough unemployment plummeting to pre-recession levels in little more than 18 months, there were further signs of an economic recovery this week.
New figures show the number of people in Wigan claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) at the moment is 4,625. That’s 200 fewer than last month and a drop of nearly 800 since June.
The number of young jobseekers in the borough has also halved within a year with ministers claiming the region is reaping the benefits of economic recovery.
Nationally, it has seen the largest annual fall since records began over 40 years ago.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) Wigan Job Centre manager Sue Timperley said the figures were an extremely positive breakthrough despite there being a seasonal factor to employment rates.
She added: “We’re here to help anybody based on their individual needs.
New figures show that 44,600 people were claiming JSA in Greater Manchester in September. This is a decrease of 2,300 or 4.8 per cent when compared with the figure for August 2014 of just under 47,000.
Employment Minister Esther McVey said: “All of our reforms are focussed on helping people into work.
“There are now 109,000 more people in work in the North West than last year, which shows that the Government’s long-term economic plan to help businesses create jobs and get people working is proving successful.”