Drop in job­less fig­ures

Rutherglen Reformer - - Intimations - Staff re­porter

The num­ber of peo­ple re­ceiv­ing job­seek­ers al­lowance (JSA) in Ruther­glen and Cam­bus­lang fell last month.

A to­tal of 509 peo­ple were in re­ceipt of the un­em­ploy­ment ben­e­fit across the two towns in March, a drop from 560 in Fe­bru­ary.

In Ruther­glen 227 peo­ple are on JSA and 282 in Cam­bus­lang. This rep­re­sents a drop of 163 from the same pe­riod last year.

The fig­ures do not in­clude those re­ceiv­ing uni­ver­sal credit. This in­cludes peo­ple who are un­em­ployed and oth­ers who are in part-time work but are still in re­ceipt of ben­e­fits.

The to­tal num­ber of peo­ple in re­ceipt of UC and JSA stands at 925: 455 in Cam­bus­lang and 470 in Ruther­glen.

The un­em­ploy­ment statis­tics come af­ter Flip Out, the world’s largest tram­po­line park, opened in Ruther­glen, cre­at­ing an em­ploy­ment boost.

The park, which opened ear­lier this month, has re­cruited 50 peo­ple to full-time posts and a fur­ther 100 part-time.

Knocks to the re­gion such as the clo­sure of some Kwik Fit out­lets and the crash of BHS are hav­ing lit­tle im­pact lo­cally, ac­cord­ing to the Depart­ment of Work and Pen­sions.

A spokesman for the DWP said: “Sev­eral small em­ploy­ers ap­proached us look­ing to re­cruit lo­cal peo­ple who we have sup­ported. Ex­am­ples of the small em­ploy­ers re­cruit­ing were Ruther­glen Land­scapes and the Italia Kitchen who were look­ing to re­cruit lo­cally.

“We have also been work­ing with a lo­cal re­cruit­ment agency At Work Scot­land, help­ing them to fill tem­po­rary con­tracts in a lo­cal care home.”

Across Scot­land un­em­ploy­ment has fallen by 47,000 in the last year. The un­em­ploy­ment rate has fallen by 0.5 per cent points in the last year to 4.5 per cent, be­low the UK rate of 4.7 per cent.

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