Jobless trend is still downwards in Spalding and South Holland

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A 20 per cent fall in the number of jobless people claiming benefits in Spalding over the past year is “another good story to tell”, according to Government officials.

Figures from Spalding Jobcentre Plus showed that 119 fewer people were unemployed and signing on for Jobseekers Allowance in December 2015 than 12 months earlier, the total number going down from 682 to 563.

The labour market for Spalding and South Holland has another good story to tell at a time when, nationally, the employment rate is now at a record high of 74 per cent

A Spalding Jobcentre Plus spokesman

Nationally, unemployment is at a ten-year low after Office for National Statistics figures showed that almost 23 million people are now in a full-time job.

This represents a rise of 436,000 from a year earlier, while 8.4 million people are working part-time, up by 152,000.

A Spalding Jobcentre Plus spokesman said: “The labour market for Spalding and South Holland has another good story to tell at a time when, nationally, the employment rate is now at a record high of 74 per cent.

“This month, we are running a national campaign called Hospitality Works in partnership with the British Hospitality Association, promoting opportunites for vacancies and bringing employers together around the hospitality industry.”

Fewer people out of work in South Holland and Spalding