According to the official figures there were 1,389 unemployed claimants in the Bury North constituency last month. This figure includes both those claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance and Universal Credit. The total is 23 lower than the previous month.
The position locally mirrors the national situation which show there are a record 31.75 million people in work – an increase of over 600,000 in the last year. Over the last year almost two-thirds of the new jobs have been in full-time employment. The rate of employment at 74.5% is the highest since comparable records began in 1971. There are close to three-quarters of a million vacancies across the country.
I know from the emails I receive from the unemployed how disheartening it can be to keep being rejected but there are companies who are hiring and there are vacancies that need to be filled. I fully appreciate that if someone is unemployed and looking for work the unemployment as far as they are concerned is 100% and it is not much comfort that others are finding work. It is important to remain positive and optimistic.