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What the latest unemployment figures in Tameside reveal
Wednesday 14th June 2017 @ 13:11 by Adam Higgins
News Tameside

Unemployment in Tameside has gone up slightly in the last 12 months, according to the latest figures revealed today (Wednesday).

There are currently 3,970 people out of work across the borough, up to and including May this year.

That’s a two per cent increase on this time last year, with 95 more people of all working ages claiming unemployment benefits – which includes people on Jobseeker’s Allowance or searching for work on Universal Credit.

But there remains a downward trend since 2010, with 2,585 more people in work than seven years ago and the unemployment rate is down by 39 per cent.

Meanwhile, the figures from the JobCentre Plus also show that there are fewer young people in Tameside out of work.

There are currently 885 people between the ages of 18 and 24 unemployed.

That’s 75 less than in May 2016, an eight per cent decrease, while it has seen a 60 per cent reduction of 1,340 since 2010.

There is also good news for the North West on the whole, with the number of people in work at a record high.

There are currently 3.45 million unemployed, which is down by 4.2 per cent on this time last year.

The region’s unemployment rate is also lower than the national rate, which now stands at 4.6 per cent.

Nationally, the employment rate is at a joint record high of 74.8 per cent with a record 31.95 million people now in work – a figure which has never been higher since records began in 1971.

Unemployment is down 50,000 and at its lowest rate since 1975.

Secretary of State for Work & Pensions, David Gauke, said: “This government wants to give everyone the opportunity to succeed, regardless of where they live or their background.

“This is yet another strong set of record-breaking figures with employment up and unemployment down, fuelled by full-time opportunities.

“This is good news for families as we continue to build a stronger, fairer Britain.”

Meanwhile, Tameside Jobcentres are working in partnership with local housing associations and Tameside Council to stage another Jobs Fair in September this year. More details will be revealed in due course.