Unemployment still falling fast in county


Unemployment in Lincolnshire and North Lincolnshire is lower and falling faster than the national average the Rasen Mail can reveal.

And in Brigg and the surrounding North Lincolnshire area it is falling faster than anywhere else in the Yorkshire and Humber region, in part due to innovative schemes which have created jobs for local people.

Lincolnshire County Council has confirmed that the number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance is well below the national average with just 1.8 per cent of people in the Market Rasen Economic Zone on JSA.

250 people claimed JSA in November, 2013, compared to 260 in October, 2013, and 299 the year before.

In North Lincolnshire, 3,633 people claimed job seekers allowance in November 2013 compared to 4,606 in November 2012.

Brigg is one of the towns which has benefited from the schemes implemented by North Lincolnshire council. This includes a successful apprenticeship programme.

To date, the council has taken on 80 apprentices in a number of different positions. The scheme has seen 80 per cent of these apprentices move on to secure a job, either within the council, or another company, completing a level three apprenticeship or returning to further education.

Councillor Liz Redfern said: “In North Lincolnshire, the number of people unemployed has continued to fall and I am pleased that more people are finding work.

“We are doing all we can to play our part and have introduced a number of initiatives that aim to create training and job opportunities.

“If everything goes to plan we will do all we can to help create more job and training opportunities, giving the area the boost and confidence that it has so badly needed.”

Across our area new opportunities are being provided in the private sector with support funding from councils.

The Young Person’s Work Experience Programme has seen 26 people aged between 18 and 24 years old, and who previously claimed job seekers allowance, being given the opportunity to receive six months paid work experience with the council.

New businesses have been helped to get off the ground and existing businesses grow and diversify through the £10m Regional Growth Fund.

Since the programme launched in May 2012, it has helped create 497 jobs and seen more than £15m of private sector investment.