Unemployment drops for fourth month running
Published 24 Jun 2012 16:30 0 Comments
The dole queues continue to shorten in Windsor and Maidenhead.
The number of jobseekers has reduced for the fourth consecutive month and is now at 1,735 (1.8%), but is slightly higher than in May last year when it was 1,638 (1.7%).
The number of jobseekers in Slough has dropped for the third consecutive monthly reduction.
Figures released by the Office for National Statistics on Wednesday show 3,359 people are claiming jobseeker's allowance in May, which is 3.8% of the working population.
The figure was 3,422 (3.9%) in April and May's total is the lowest it has been since December when 3,329 (3.8%) were claiming. Slough is still below the national average which is 3.9%, but more people are jobseeking than at this time last year when 3,293 (3.7%) were visiting the town's job centres.
Of those claiming in Slough, 785 are aged 18-24, which is 6.8% of the age group and is down from 810 (7%) in April. Of the 785, 60 have been on the dole for more than 12 months.
There is good news in Bracknell where it has decreased to 1,652 (2.1%), but in Wokingham, the figure has risen by four to 1,422 (1.3%).
In Reading, the dole queues have shortened for the third consecutive month with 3,737 (3.4%) people claiming compared to 3,798 (3.5%) in April.
It is still above last year's figure, however, when 3,586 (3.3%) were claiming in May.