Mixed picture on job figures

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UNEMPLOYMENT figures throughout the Fylde coast have produced a mixed picture.

Figures released by the Office of National Statistics showed the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance in Fylde increased in August, while the picture improved slightly in Blackpool during the same month.

In Fylde, the number of people claiming the benefit went up from 965 claimants to 992, while in Blackpool, the number went down from 5,622 to 5,588.

Gordon Marsden, MP for Blackpool South, said: “These figures don’t give much cause for optimism because they don’t show how many people have had to take part time jobs while they wait for full time work.”

Mark Menzies MP, said: “While it is very disappointing to hear unemployment figures rose in August, I am pleased the figures remain very low in Fylde at 2.8 per cent. This is one of the lowest rates in the country and reflects well on the Fylde economy and the hard-working nature of the people of the area.”

The number of unemployed people claiming the benefit in Wyre marginally increased between July and August – from 1,643 to 1,646.

The figures come as the Financial Skills Partnership called on more businesses to join their Graduate Foundation College to train unemployed graduates.

Liz Field, CEO of the partnership, said, “This initiative will be hugely beneficial to small and medium sized businesses.

“These graduates can be the creative catalysts to help their businesses grow.”