South Holland sees record employment levels

Record numbers in work.
Record numbers in work.
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The number of people out of work in South Holland continues to fall and employment beats the highest ever levels since records began.

Derrick Brown, a spokesman for Lincolnshire’s JobCentres, said the national employment rate is running at 73.7 per cent and Spalding is beating that with a level of 75.1 per cent.

Mr Brown said South Holland fits the national profile.

“We have the highest employment rate now since records started to be kept,” he said.

There were 619 Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants signing on in the district in October – some 175 fewer than the same month last year.

And the number of claimants in the 18-24 age bracket saw a drop of 65 to 155 over the same period.

Nearly all of the claimants are from the Spalding area.

Figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show there were 601 JSA claims in Spalding during October, compared to 755 at the same time last year, which represents a fall of 20.4 per cent.

The number of people out of work in Spalding fell by 26 compared to the previous month.

Claims in the 18-24 age range in the town fell by 65 to 150 over the year, equal to a 30.2 per cent drop.