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Ian Bunting

Nearly 100 more North Lanarkshire residents in work compared with this time last year

Nearly 100 more people are in work across North Lanarkshire than during this time last year.

The number of alternative claimant counts made in the area on May 23 was 7680 - a reduction of 95 on 12 months earlier.

Of the submitted counts, 1435 were by 18 to 24-year-olds and 1650 by people aged 50-plus.

Helen Hanlon, the Department of Work and Pensions' (DWP) employer and partnership manager for North Lanarkshire, told Lanarkshire Live: "Improving jobseeker prospects will help to achieve the government’s priority to grow the economy.

"Work coaches are playing a crucial role to support jobseekers develop their full potential by encouraging them to review their skill and abilities, while identifying barriers to starting, or progressing in world of work.

“Importantly, specialist support is available for those aged 50-plus, or with a health condition, so they remain connected with opportunities, and for parents on Universal Credit, there are now increased childcare payments.

“Locally, we are working with employers such as the NHS, Fishers and Hays Recruitment to support them in filling their vacancies and jobseekers find work.

"We are also hosting a jobs fair in Motherwell Job Centre on July 23 to introduce further job opportunities.

“Jobseekers can also check out the thousands of vacancies on offer, by searching the DWP ‘Find a Job’ website.”

Across Scotland, the number of people employed is sitting at 2.688 million - down 19,000 on the quarter and 13,000 on the year.

The employment rate (16-64) is at 75.1 per cent - a reduction of 0.5 per cent on the quarter and 0.3 per cent on the year.

Alister Jack, Secretary of State for Scotland, said: “Scotland continues to have near record unemployment, even in the face of global challenges, our jobs market is proving resilient.

“The UK Government remains committed to halving inflation, reducing debt and growing the economy.

"Just last month we increased the amount of childcare support a person can claim on Universal Credit allowing thousands more to return to work or progress their careers.”

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