24 Apr 2017
There has been a rise in unemployment figures throughout St Helens over the first three months of this year, but the number of people out of work is still lower than in 2016. Figures released by The Office for National Statistics have revealed that the UK unemployment rate remains at its lowest since 1975, sitting at 4.7%.
Youth unemployment has long been on the government’s agenda and figures show that the number of people aged 18-24 out of work mirrors the national unemployment rate, increasing slightly over the last couple of months but generally lower than last year.
Statistics show that, in St Helens, the number of 18-24 year olds claiming benefits rose to 750 in March from 710, and 725 in previous months. However, this figure is still lower than the 900 claiming out of work benefits at the same time last year. Across all age groups in St Helens the number of people claiming out of work benefits is at its highest this year so far, at 3,195.
Clive Morris spokesman for the Jobcentre Plus suggests that the figures are going in the right direction, especially for young people. Speaking to the St Helens Star, he said:
“Looking at the figures for all age groups between this year and last shows a drop of 85 which is small but still in the right direction.
“For 18 to 24-year-olds it’s a better story and we’ve seen a drop in the last 12 months of 17 per cent, which is 150 less young people on our claimant count and that is higher than the Merseyside average.”
As part of a commitment to support local people and boost the local economy, St Helens Chamber offers a range of services to support young people on their journey into the workplace.
Our Starting Point service offers free, impartial advice and guidance on jobs, apprenticeships, education and training. Our workshops and courses can give people the skills and confidence they need to enter the world of work for the first time, or after a period of unemployment. We work closely with local businesses to understand their training needs and we always have access to a wide range of apprenticeship vacancies.
Paige Maleney approached Starting Point after a period of unemployment following the birth of her child. Paige says: “On my first visit to Starting Point I was given an action plan and opened a Lifelong Learning account which I used to start building my CV.
“Taking part in the Traineeship programme improved my confidence and motivated me to get out of the house and build a career. If I hadn’t have done the course I’d still be looking for work. I’m now doing my NVQ and I hope to keep building from there.”
To find out more about the services available at Starting Point contact us on 01744 698800, email email@example.com or call in to see us at 4-6 Harshaw Street