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|Title:||Job Prospects On The Way Up In Doncaster|
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|Subject:||Business News |
The number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance in Doncaster is at its lowest level in almost three years.
New Government statistics show that the total number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance (JSA) as at August 2013 was 9,344 – 4.9 cent of the population.
This is a reduction of 176 compared with July; more tellingly, 1,383 fewer people are claiming JSA than this time last year. The last time the figure was lower than this was December 2010.
The number of Doncaster’s 18 to 24-year-olds claiming JSA is also reducing, with 2,745 in receipt in August 2013; this is a reduction of 810 from last year and a reduction of 90 on July.
Doncaster Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth, hailed news of reduced number of people seeking benefit as ‘great news’. Tackling jobs and growth is one of the Mayor Ros Jones’ three main pledges since taking office.
Coun Johnson said they show the gap between the Doncaster and the regional and national averages is closing as Doncaster fights back.
He said: ‘I am delighted to see these latest figures which show that the economy and prospects of people in Doncaster are improving.
‘A key reason for these positive figures is partnership working. ‘Business Doncaster’ is a key partnership between Doncaster Council, Doncaster College, Job Centre Plus, Doncaster Chamber of Commerce and Donbac (funding and advice for South Yorkshire businesses).
‘We are creating jobs through initiatives under Business Doncaster, which support people to set up their own businesses, or become self-employed and assist our existing businesses to expand.
‘Business Doncaster is delivering the Skills Made Easy (SME) programme locally in Doncaster, which works with local SME’s to create new apprenticeship opportunities. Another key scheme is Doncaster’s Graduate Academy, which provides graduates the chance to secure employment with local business.
He added: ‘We need to maintain this momentum for the good of the Borough in the remainder of 2013/14 and beyond.’
As Doncaster's economy develops, the success is underpinned by continuing to improve new transport links, improving skills and education with better links between business and schools.
Other figures that point to a positive future for Doncaster are:
. Visitor numbers for the first quarter of the year in the town are 358,546 which is up by 48,000 compared to the same period last year..
. The number of JSA claimants aged 16-64 has reduced for the fourth month in a row to 9,824, which is 10 per cent lower than the same time last year.
. 146 additional homes were provided in the quarter which is 85 more than the first quarter of 2012.
More details on Business Doncaster, Doncaster’s Graduate Academy and Skills Made Easy programme are at: www.businessdoncaster.com or contact (01302) 735555
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