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Unemployment in borough drops
8:10am Friday 27th April 2012 in News
UNEMPLOYMENT in Thurrock has begun to fall after it reached a 26-year high last month.
The number of people in the borough claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance has reduced by 0.1 per cent, according to the latest data published by the Home Office.
But long term youth unemployment in Thurrock, those claiming out-of-work benefit for more than a year, has increased by 0.1 per cent, in line with the national average.
Overall, youth unemployment also came down in the borough though, by 0.1 per cent, with 9.7 per cent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 currently unemployed.
In total 54 women and eight men stopped claiming the out-of-work benefit in March.
Thurrock MP Jackie Doyle-Price said: “I am pleased unemployment has begun to fall, but I won’t be satisfied until everyone who wants a job has one.
“The signs are good here in Thurrock. We have the prospects of thousands of new jobs at DP World, at Port of Tilbury and at Lakeside and through the work programme this Government has put in place, we have the support network to enable people to access those jobs.
“I want to encourage more investment and job creation.”