Jobless figures fall

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UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen in Wigan for the eighth month in a row.

Latest figures show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) in the borough fell by 313 to 7,450 in October.

There was also good news for those in a category particularly badly hit by unemployment: 16 to 25-year-olds.

With a fall of 165 claimants, the number of young adults signing on now stands at 1,920.

That is a drop of more than a third since a year ago.

A total of 69,200 people were claiming JSA in Greater Manchester in October – a decrease of 3,300 (4.5 per cent) when compared with the figure for September of 72,500.

The North West (4.5 per cent) and Great Britain (4.3 per cent) also saw monthly declines. As a proportion of the resident working age population, 3.9 per cent of people in Greater Manchester were claiming JSA in October – higher than the North West (3.5 per cent) and Great Britain (3.0).

But some observers do question the quality of the jobs’ being created, pointing out that some well-paid full-time posts are being replaced by two less well-paid part-time positions.