Fewer people out of work in South Holland and Spalding

More people are in jobs in South Holland and Spalding.
More people are in jobs in South Holland and Spalding.
Have your say

Spalding and South Holland have seen further falls in the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

Falls in South Holland of 8.1 per cent and in Spalding of 9 per cent between October and November are outstripping the national fall of 3.3 per cent and East Midlands regional fall of 4.8 per cent.

In November, South Holland had 569 claimants compared to 619 in October.

A year ago there were 736 JSA claimants in the district, which means there’s been a 22.7 per cent fall since then.

Spalding had 703 JSA claimants in November 2014 compared to 547 last month, a fall of 22.2 per cent.

The Department for Work and Pensions says the national employment rate has reached a record high of 73.9 per cent.

Liz Bastable, the employer and partnership manager for Lincolnshire’s Jobcentres, says a lot of work is being done in the county to boost the skills of their own staff to help forge stronger partnerships and dialogue between employers and those seeking work.

Meanwhile across Lincolnshire, figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) showed the number of people claiming JSA in the county in November 2015 was 6,733, an increase of 31 people compared to October.

This represents the second consecutive increase in unemployment in the county, albeit slight, but a by 21 per cent fall compared to this time last year.

In terms of youth unemployment, there were 1,620 JSA claimants aged 16 to 24 in the county, 15 fewer than in October and making up 24 per cent of all claimants in Lincolnshire.

Finally, the number of people in Lincolnshire claiming JSA for more than six months was 2,775, a fall of 60 claimants compared to October.