Town bucks the trend in survey on employment

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MORE WIGANERS are in work than most of Greater Manchester according to a new report.

According to a report into worklessness released by the Office For National Statistics, only 19 per cent of households in the borough have nobody living in them who works - the fourth best rate in Greater Manchester.

The report also revealed that Wigan has only 14 per cent of the population out of work - also the fourth lowest in the region.

Only Bury, Stockport and Trafford had better figures.

Yvonne Fovargue MP said: “The figures demonstrate the hard work of our local council and partners to tackle this issue head on. Whilst we cannot be complacent in the current economic climate, these statistics show a determination to assist people back into work.”

Earlier this week, Ms Fovargue exclusively announced in the Wigan Evening Post her support for a package of measures to tackle youth unemployment, including a jobs for contracts in public sector procurement as a tool to boost the numbers of the young unemployed into work.

She added: “The Government spends £220 billion a year on goods and services from the private sector. From construction to business support services, the Government is the top single contractor in the UK. This means that the Government has a unique tool at its disposal to get young people into work.”

Three areas of the UK have recorded the highest level of households where no-one is in work for the second year in a row, official figures show.

Almost a third of households in Liverpool, Nottingham and Glasgow were classed as workless in 2010, compared with one in nine in other regions, said the Office for National Statistics. For Liverpool and Glasgow the figure fell in the past year from 32.1 per cent and 31.1 per cent to 31.9 per cent and 30.7 per cent, while for Nottingham it increased from 31.3 per cent to 31.6 per cent.

The areas with the lowest number of workless households were Oxfordshire, Surrey, Aberdeen, and NE Moray, all around 11 per cent. Across the UK, 18.9 per cent of households had no-one in work.