JSA claimants down by more than 2,000 in a year

Job Centre
Job Centre

THE number of people in Wigan borough claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has dropped by more than 2,000 in 12 months.

According to the Job Centre, there were a total of 5,355 claimants last month, marking a drop of 2,162. There, was however, a minor increase on the month of 99.

But Julie Wills, the employment and partnership manager at the Job Centre the small increase could be down to the statistics including those on Universal credit.

She said: “We have been supporting our young unemployed.

“We’ve had pre-employment working with local employers in food preparation and construction.

“There are a number of apprenticeships available and it was National Apprenticeship Week last week so we’ve been promoting apprenticeships available to young people.

“In terms of development in the borough we’ve got some work going on at the Galleries with the creation of 400 jobs.

“There’s a firm called Nice-Pak in Hindley who are looking to create new jobs.

With the partnerships we have, we will be working with them to jointly support our people back into work.”

“Those leaving education may want to go to university and some may want to follow a vocational path.

“There is a huge number of different frameworks for apprenticeships.

“Ongoing throughout the year we work with different employers where they want to take apprenticeships on.”