Spalding job market ‘buoyant’ but slight rise in youth on benefits

Unemployment has fallen to an 11-year low nationally, with 108,000 people registered as jobless and actively looking for work, according to the Department for Work and Pensions.
Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
Unemployment has fallen to an 11-year low nationally, with 108,000 people registered as jobless and actively looking for work, according to the Department for Work and Pensions. Photo by Danny Lawson/PA Wire.
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The number of people out of work and claiming benefit has fallen by about four per cent in Spalding and South Holland over the last year.

Official Labour Market Statistics released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) showed that 595 people were registered as claiming Universal Credit (formerly Jobseekers’ Allowance) at Spalding Jobcentre Plus in October 2016.

This compares to 620 people in October 2015, a fall of exactly four per cent, and 605 people in September 2016.

But the number of claimants aged 18-24 rose slightly by five people in the same period, all of them joining the official jobless figures in the period between September and October this year.

A DWP spokesman said: “Spalding is very buoyant at the moment and all the major factories are recruiting, including their agencies.

“No redundancies are forecast, but transport to sites outside of Spalding continues to be a challenge, even with an increase in skilled jobs such as construction and welding happening here steadily.

Spalding is very buoyant at the moment and all the major factories are recruiting, including their agencies

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“However, Lincolnshire County Council has set up a Lincs Share scheme whereby employers and individuals can register and possibly be matched to people, by locations.”

The number of 18 to 24-year-old claimants in Spalding during October 2016 was 155, compared to 150 a month earlier and in October 2015.

In South Holland as a whole, the number of claimants aged between 18 and 24 last month was 160, five more than 12 months earlier.

Despite this, Employment Minister Damian Hinds, said: “Employment continues to run at a record high and unemployment has fallen to an 11-year low.

“Growth is being fuelled by full-time professional jobs, whilst wages are continuing to perform strongly which underlines the resilience of the UK labour market.

“We will work to ensure more people can benefit from these opportunities as we build a country that works for everyone.”