Employer confidence driving unemployment down in Spalding

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A rise in employer confidence has led to the continued fall in the number of people registered unemployed in South Holland, according to the local Job Centre.

The latest employment figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show 652 people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in Spalding, a fall of 44 on the previous month, and 690 in South Holland, a fall of 52.

Compared with a year ago, there are 210 fewer people registered unemployed in Spalding and 234 across South Holland.

Becky Newborough, senior operations leader for Lincolnshire and Rutland and in charge of nine job centres in the area, is delighted with the figures.

She said: “Employers in the area have more confidence and are pushing out more vacancies. They are also engaging with us more - they might offer three jobs but then end up taking on five people and that is driving the figured down.

“There are also a number of new schemes, including the sector based work academy, which offers training, two weeks’ work experience and a job interview at the end of it. Companies involved in this include Bakkavor.

“We are also working really hard with emplyers to see how we can help.”