Borough jobless figures plummet
Unemployment figures drop more than anywhere else in west London
THE number of people out of work in Hillingdon dropped by more than in any other west London borough over the year to February.
The unemployment rate fell in all seven west London boroughs during the 12 months, according to official labour market statistics released this week.
Hillingdon experienced the greatest percentage change – repeating January’s performance – with 27 per cent fewer Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants in February 2015 than in the same month last year.
The number dropped from 3,969 JSA claimants in February 2014 to 2,896 – or 1.5 per cent of the borough’s population – in February this year.
Anu Bilon, customer A CHILDREN’S nursery will hold an Easter fayre and egg hunt in aid of a cancer charity on Saturday.
Teasel Nursery School-on-the Marina, in West Quay Drive, Yeading, is inviting service general manager for Jobcentre Plus in Hillingdon, said: “I’m delighted that year-on-year the figures are dropping.
“We are supporting more people into work and we are doing that quickly in terms of their JSA journey, so when they make their claim, the offer is strong in terms of employment and training opportunities.
“We’re working very closely with our local employers and the local authority.”
The number of young people, aged between 18 and 24, claiming JSA in Hillingdon dropped by 36 per cent to 540 during the 12 months.
Ms Bilon said: “More recently, we’re expanding the success of work experience, which currently is open to our 18 to 24 [year-old] customers. We’re expanding that to our hardest to help customers, who are those customers parents and children along for the event from 2pm to 4pm.
The Easter fayre will raise money for the Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group and also for new wet-suits for the nursery. with health barriers [and] lone parents, so we’re working at the moment with the local authority with work experience in the libraries, within the children’s centres.”
In Harrow, Ealing, Hounslow, Brent, Kensington and Chelsea, and Hammersmith and Fulham, the total numbers of JSA claimants fell by 19, 25, 18, 24, 23 and 25 per cent respectively, making the west London average drop one of 23 per cent.
Across London, the number of people unemployed – as measured by the International Labour Organisation indicator – dropped by 13,000 to 283,000 in the three months to January, the Office for National Statistics said.
The figures also showed employment in London is at a record high, with 146,000 more people in work now than last year. All your arts & crafts in one easy location
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