11:58am Wednesday 18th September 2013
JOBLESS figures in Halesowen and Rowley Regis have dropped for the seventh successive month, with 358 fewer people claiming job seekers’ allowance than in April 2012.
A total of 2,545 across the towns were out of work in August and claiming the allowance, compared to 2,856 a year ago and 2,903 in April 2010 - the last set of figures before the coalition Government took control.
Youth unemployment in the 18 to 24-year-old bracket has also fallen from 865 in April 2010 to 700 last month.
Figures reveal that in the 12 months up to March 2013 there were 45,500 people in work in Halesowen and Rowley Regis, compared to 44,400 in the 12 months to March 2012 and 42,700 in the 12 months to March 2010.
Constituency MP James Morris welcomed the figures, saying: “Clearly things are still tough for a lot of people looking for work, but the figures are encouraging.
“I was particularly pleased to see youth unemployment fall again, leaving the number of 18 to 24-year- olds in Halesowen and Rowley Regis who are out of work and claiming JSA at the lowest level since November 2008.”
The Tory MP acknowledged there was still a lot do, and is organising the second Halesowen and Rowley Regis Jobs Fair, on Thursday September 26, at the Salvation Army Centre, Meredith Street, Cradley Heath.
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