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More people in work across Monklands


There are more people in work across Monklands than at this time last year.

The amount of residents in Airdrie & Shotts making alternativ­e claimant (AC) unemployme­nt requests was 2922 last month – a 1238 reduction on October 2020’s statistics.

In neighbouri­ng Coatbridge, Chryston & Bellshill, 2886 AC claims were made during October, which was a 1238 fall on the same period last year.

Meanwhile, Universal Credit claims in North Lanarkshir­e were down slightly, with October 2021’s 33,227 claims down 111 on the month before.

Jobseekers are encouragin­g Lanarkshir­e residents to take on a job just before Christmas – even if it is just temporary.

A spokesman for the organisati­on said:“this is a great way for jobseekers to build key skills and confidence. It’s also a good way of giving themselves the best chance of securing a permanent role if one becomes available.

“I’d encourage jobseekers to visit Find a Job and locate their next local opportunit­y.

“We have vacancies across North Lanarkshir­e in all sectors and employers in job centres most days. Please get in touch with your local job centre to find out what employers are booked in.”

Minister for Welfare Delivery, David Rutley, added:“universal Credit continues to offer a safety net for those who need it.”

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