The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in the Daventry area has fallen by 35 per cent on August last year, new figures reveal.
There are currently 546 people claiming JSA at Daventry’s Jobcentre Plus, based in DDC’s offices.
The number of young people aged 18 to 24 claiming JSA at the town Jobcentre has also dropped sharply by 47 per cent, to 235, as youngsters take advantage of new Jobcentre Plus initiatives to get them into work, including wage incentives (now discontinued), six-week training courses and organised work experience. The number of local young people on JSA for six months or more has also dropped by 64 percent
MP for Daventry, Chris Heaton-Harris, said: “It is phenomenal news. I think people are beginning to see the benefits of local businesses having a sensible business plan and being able to weather the recession.”
He added government policy had also had a positive impact in getting people back into work.
He continued: “But we have to do more to keep local talent in Daventry. I want people to study in the town and we need intelligent, educated people to come back from university and set up their own businesses. Daventry is lucky in that it benefits from having a large number of small and much larger businesses in the area.
“We have 9,000 more jobs due to be created in the next 10 years.”
Mr Heaton-Harris added: “Daventry is a town full of hard working people who just get on with their lives.”
A spokesman for Job Centre Plus, Tim George, said the most popular industries for young people to find jobs in the area included logistics, care and retail,as young people broaden their horizons to find work.
Mr George said: “Heavy goods vehicle work and other logistics jobs are becoming more open to young people.
“The staff at the job centre are reaping the rewards of all their hard work.”