Unemployment Falls by Nearly a Third in One Year

Friday 6 October 09:27

Unemployment figures released today (6 October 2017) show that the number of people actively seeking work (ASW) has continued to drop over the summer to a new low of 980.

This is over 30 per cent fewer people than this time last year, when there
were 1,430 jobseekers registered with the Social Security’s Back to Work scheme
and the lowest quarterly ASW level since October 2009. 
The number of jobseekers at the end of September 2017 is 20 people lower than at
the end of the previous quarter despite the addition, in September, of over 100
parents who became jobseekers when their youngest child started nursery because
they claim Income Support. 
Deputy Graham Truscott, Assistant Minister for Social Security, said, “I am delighted
we have seen such a significant decrease in the number of people who are actively
seeking work in the past 12 months.  
“Over the last few weeks, the Back to Work team has registered another 100 Income
Support parents onto the scheme – so it really is a testament to their efforts and hard
work that the figures at the end of this quarter have continued to fall.  We are also
very grateful to the employers who have contacted us in recent weeks with

“Despite falling unemployment figures, it is very important that we do not become
complacent.  I have no doubt that we would not be able to manage unemployment as
efficiently and constructively as we do without the commitment to providing expertise,
training and support to jobseekers through the Back to Work scheme.  It is extremely
important that we continue to help our Islanders find sustainable employment and
become financially independent when they are out of work.”




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