Unemployment drops among young people as more get jobs

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More young people are getting jobs in North Lanarkshire thanks to the council’s Youth Investment Programme.

September saw the seventh consecutive drop in the number of people in the area claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) - down by 1228 to an overall 9882.

At its height, the number of people claiming JSA was 12,402.

A total of nine per cent of those claiming JSA are aged 18-24, a record low since the recession first took its toll in 2009.

The council pledged an investment of £15m in the Youth Investment Programme over three years, with the goal to support 5000 people back into work by 2015.

And already the project is ahead of its target, with 2788 helped into work through ‘North Lanarkshire’s Working’ in the first 18 months.

Councillor David Fagan, the council’s convener of regeneration, said: “These latest figures are hugely encouraging and show that our flagship investment is really working for local people.

“As well as being great for those who are unemployed, the ‘North Lanarkshire’s Working’ project brings real benefits to businesses, ensuring that they can get the employees they need through wage subsidy assistance.”

He added: “But we’re not complacent. We need to keep doing as much as we can and that’s why it’s crucial that if any local business wants to see what support is on offer they visit the ‘North Lanarkshire’s Working’ website at www.NorthLanarkshiresWorking.co.uk.”

As part of its ongoing efforts, the council and its partners, including ‘North Lanarkshire’s Working’, have planned a major event to help anyone looking for work, education or training.

The ‘SWOT’ event, which is about opening up access to Skills, Work, Opportunities and Training, will take place at the Ravenscraig Sports Facility on Thursday, October 31, from 10am to 3pm, where people will be able to access the information and support they need to move into or towards a new future.

Free bus transport will be provided from several North Lanarkshire towns to Ravenscraig - see www.NorthLanarkshiresWorking.co.uk/news for details.

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