Dole fig­ures

Ruther­glen sees big­gest fall with 139 fewer claimants - Cam­bus­lang is 99 down

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

Un­em­ploy­ment in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has “re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly” in the past year ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions (DWP).

Fig­ures re­leased last week show the job­less total has fallen by a fifth with 238 less peo­ple on job­seek­ers al­lowance than May 2015.

Un­em­ploy­ment in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang has “re­duced sig­nif­i­cantly” in the past year ac­cord­ing to the De­part­ment of Work and Pen­sions (DWP).

The most re­cent fig­ures re­leased last week show the job­less total has fallen by a fifth with 238 fewer peo­ple on job­seek­ers al­lowance than May 2015.

The num­ber of peo­ple re­ceiv­ing job seek­ers al­lowance or uni­ver­sal credit is 857, mark­ing a 22 per cent drop in the area in one year.

The big­gest fall was recorded in Ruther­glen, where un­em­ploy­ment fell by 139 from 580 to 475, with a fall of 99 recorded in Cam­bus­lang over the same pe­riod.

With the South La­nark­shire total fall­ing by 940 be­tween May 2015 and 2016, the Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang av­er­age of 22 per cent ex­ceeds the lo­cal author­ity av­er­age 18.

Su­san McGhee, DWP cus­tomer ser­vice op­er­a­tions man­ager, said: “Both Cam­bus­lang and Ruther­glen have seen a sig­nif­i­cant re­duc­tion in claimant head count in com­par­i­son to May last year and this does re­flect the Scot­tish pic­ture of the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing un­em­ploy­ment re­lated ben­e­fits fall­ing by 4,300 in the last year with over 2.5 mil­lion peo­ple in work.

“The two towns have ex­pe­ri­enced pos­i­tive news in terms of re­cruit­ment and job cen­tres have been work­ing closely with em­ploy­ers to max­imise va­can­cies.

“For ex­am­ple Ruther­glen Job Cen­tre has han­dled all re­cruit­ment for the new KFC store, open­ing in Ruther­glen in July, where 20 job­seek­ers have se­cured full and part-time work.”

Youth un­em­ploy­ment across South La­nark­shire has also fallen from 270 to 970 in the past year and by 20 in the past month.

This too is con­sis­tent with the pat­tern across Scot­land where un­em­ploy­ment for 18 to 24 year olds has plum­meted by 1,300 be­tween May 2015 and May 2016.

Stephen Crabb, sec­re­tary of state for work and pen­sions Stephen Crabb said: “Se­cure em­ploy­ment and a de­cent wage are key to trans­form­ing the life chances of peo­ple, so I’m de­lighted to see an­other strong set of fig­ures.

“There are more peo­ple in work than ever be­fore and wages are con­tin­u­ing their up­ward climb. In Scot­land the num­ber of peo­ple claim­ing un­em­ploy­ment re­lated ben­e­fits has fallen by 4,300 in the last year with over 2.5mil­lion peo­ple in work.

“Our eco­nomic plan is de­liv­er­ing jobs and se­cu­rity right across the UK.”

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