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East Kilbride Jobseekers Figures
Despite a fall in the number of people claiming jobseekers allowance (JSA) over the whole of South Lanarkshire, only one electoral ward in East Kilbride saw a drop this month.
The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics show that while the jobseekers allowance claimant count between July 2014 and July 2015 fell by just under a quarter in South Lanarkshire to 5252, East Kilbride South was the only ward in the town to see a drop in claimants.
In South Lanarkshire those claiming jobseekers allowance fell 23 per cent from 6183 last July.
And Scotland bucked the UK figure, which saw the number of people out of work rise by 25,000 in the last quarter, by recording a 13,000 drop in the number of people out of work over the same period.
Although, between June and July this year, East Kilbride Central North saw the JSA claimant count jump from 239 to 264 and it rose from 234 to 248 in East Kilbride Central South.
Meanwhile, the JSA claimant count in East Kilbride East saw a hike from 201 to 225 and in East Kilbride West it increased from 89 to 93.
But East Kilbride South, which, according to the latest figures had nearly 25 per cent of children living below the breadline, actually saw the JSA claimant count fall from 250 to 238 in the last month.
The latest employment rate for those aged between 16 and 64 in South Lanarkshire stands at nearly 75 per cent.
This is compared to 76.8 per cent in neighbouring North Lanarkshire and 77.8 per cent in Scotland as a whole.
And unemployment (16 plus) stands at 5.6 per cent of the population in South Lanarkshire compared to 7.5 per cent and 6.2 per cent in North Lanarkshire and Scotland respectively.
Cathy Macphail, operation manager at the Department of Works and Pensions for South Lanarkshire, explained partnership working was central to cutting the number of people out of work in East Kilbride.
She said: “One of the main initiatives we are involved in at the moment is with the Princes Trust.
“They are running a ‘Get into Logistics’ Sector Based Work Academy and are looking to recruit 12 young people aged between 18-25 for a large distribution centre.
“East Kilbride Jobcentre is also currently promoting a range of local courses in conjunction with South Lanarkshire College, such as Gateway to Social Care, Modern Office Skills and SVQ1 Hospitality. Details are on our window display and available via social media including Twitter.
“The Jobcentre are also supporting recruitment for a new store due to open shortly in East Kilbride Town Centre. Job centre plus are working closely with the employer’s team and 12 local people have been offered employment.”
Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “There are now almost an extra 60,000 people in private sector jobs in Scotland in the last year.
“And figures show job vacancies at a near record high – evidence of the continued confidence of British Businesses, and potential for further growth in the UK economy.”