UNEMPLOYMENT in West Lancashire has dropped to its lowest level in 18 months.
Statistics released this weel show the number of people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance is now 3.9%, – down from a peak of 5% the same time 12 months ago.
The Office for National Statistics records that in April, 4.4% of people were out of work, in May it was down to 4.1% and in June in dropped further to 3.9%.
I’ve blogged regularly on the issue of unemployment in West Lancashire, and whilst these figures are encouraging, there must be no room for complacency.
Ensuring that the recovery is private-sector led is the right decision by the Coalition Government as it ensures that we build a strong local economy, something which I’ve also blogged about in the past.
Certainly in West Lancashire, we need a more diverse economy ensuring that if one sector hits problems, there is an inbuilt flexibility to ‘take the strain’, providing more opportunities for local people in the process.
And of course, we still have pockets of high unemployment, so we need to focus on these areas to ensure people are given the right skills and training to fullfill their potential.