WIGAN’S jobless figures are continuing to fall, latest figures reveal.
Unemployment numbers released yesterday show there are currently 3,713 fewer people out of work in the borough than this time last year.
Statistics also show a steady fall in the number of out of work folk throughout 2014 with those claiming Jobseeker’s allowance dropping by a further 200 from November to December.
A total of 3,713 people in Wigan claim JSA, 2,365 of them male and 1,348 female. Of that number, 670 are aged between 18 and 24, while there are 2,245 between 25 and 49 and 790 between 50 and 64.
Cath Bate, Wigan Job Centre’s customer service operations manager, said: “It’s great news that there are fewer people out of work and looking for a job.
“In Wigan, there are 3,200 fewer claimants than a year ago including 965 fewer young people claiming job seeker’s allowance.
“Nationally it’s a new milestone where we’ve reached a six per cent unemployment rate for the first time in six years.
“Particularly for our young people we are doing an awful lot for our apprenticeships through initiatives under the Get Britain Working scheme.
“There are sector-based work academies for our young people and when they’ve finished they have the opportunity of a guaranteed interview with an employer.
“We’ve done an awful lot of work with companies locally but in particular with Wigan Youth Zone and that particular focus for young people and we’re getting some really good successes there.
“It’s a really positive picture across the local authority.”
The North West has seen a faster annual growth in employment than London, with 3.27m in work.