Bor­ough job­less fig­ures plum­met

Un­em­ploy­ment fig­ures drop more than any­where else in west Lon­don

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

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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