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Figures show unemployment continues to fall

Wed 24 October 2012, 11:31 am

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance in Medway dropped by more than 200 over the past month, the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal.

It said the August-September claimant count fell by 203 to 6,938, a reduction of 2.8%.

Medway Council said the fall was higher than the regional drop of 1.1% and the national fall in unemployment of 1.4%.

The council's strategic development and economic growth lead Jane Chitty said the figures were evidence of the council’s determination to help residents get into work and find training opportunities that would help them grow and develop.

"The council has worked hard to create an environment where businesses and training providers feel comfortable working with us to bring jobs and real opportunities for both them and the people of Medway,” she said.

“This is something that we've been dedicated to for a number of years - and these figures are a clear indication that it's certainly paying off."

The figures came a week after the launch of a £1 million programme to help people stay in work through initiatives such as one-to-one job coaching and access to NVQ training opportunities.

The IMPRESS project is partly funded by the European Regional Development Fund under the Interreg Channel Programme, and through funds Medway Council has secured by central government.

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