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Mar 19 2014

Bob Blackman MP Welcomes Drop in JSA Claims in Harrow East

bob_blackmanHarrow East has seen a welcome drop in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in our area. The number of unemployed claimants in Harrow East in February was 1,235, which is 397 lower than the numbers recorded for the same month last year.

This comes as very welcome news as official figures released today show that the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance nationwide fell by 34,600 to 1.175 million for the same period. Over the course of a year, the number has dropped by 363,200.

Bob commented, “There can be no doubt that we are moving in the right direction, helping people back into employment and supporting their aspirations. Our improving economy is fuelling businesses, which in turn is providing more opportunities for work. I am proud to be part of a Government which has seen 1.3 million more people in employment, compared with 2010, building a stronger, more competitive economy to ensure everyone who wants to work to secure their future can do so.”

The number of people out of work in the UK as a whole has fallen by 63,000, to 2.33 million, in the three months leading into January 2014.

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  1. Helen Dashwood

    The drop in the number of people making claims for JSA is because people are being “moved” away from claiming JSA, either by being told to take poorly paid work; take on an “internship” (not necessarily a long term offer of employment, no pay and no entitlement to benefits) or told to claim unable to work if they have any condition that will allow them to do this. In this way the figures are “massaged” to make it look like there’s been an improvement.

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