Local Jobless figures at lowest level for 6 years

Adrian who is the lead councillor for regeneration has welcomed this week’s sharp fall in unemployment in West Lancashire.

Adrian welcomed figures showing that unemployment fell by more than 130 in a single month in West Lancashire in April. The Borough’s jobless figure has fallen to 1587 – or 2.3% - the lowest for six years. West Lancashire’s employment performance is also significantly better than the regional or national averages.

Adrian said, “It’s private businesses that create jobs and its pleasing to see that the upturn in the economy is leading to many more vacancies – more than 400 currently in Skelmersdale which gives hope to those still looking for work.”

Adrian added that the council used its position as a leading landlord of business premises to support existing businesses and bring new ones to the area. He said, “That’s good not just for job seekers but for local council taxpayers too as our commercial property income helps us balance budgets for council services. Indeed, we are showing our confidence in the economy by building new commercial units at more than £1 million in Skelmersdale.”

Adrian concluded by saying that the Conservative council was continuing its work with partners to ensure those further from securing a job are helped. “We are helping our council tenants, especially those affected by welfare reform, as finding a job is the best way solution and we are continuing to promote apprenticeships in the local area. It’s pleasing to see the number of people in the Borough with no qualifications falling in 2013”

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