Moray youth unemployment drops, statistics show

YOUTH unemployment in Moray has fallen year on year, figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have revealed.

The number of young applicants for unemployment benefits is decreasing year by year.

By November 2021, the number of people in Moray in the 18-24 age bracket claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance had fallen to 283, down 206 from the previous year. This represents a drop of 42%.

The fall was reflected across Scotland and the UK over the same period.

A decrease of 16,478 brought the Scottish total to 20,800, a reduction of 44%.

Across the UK, almost 200,000 young people – 189,991 were claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance compared to November 2020, representing a 40% drop to 281,893.

Employment Minister Mims Davies MP.  Photo:
Employment Minister Mims Davies MP. Photo:

Employment Minister Mims Davies MP said: “These figures from the ONS show unemployment remains low, below pre-pandemic levels for the first time, and employment continues to grow , providing a stable foundation as new global challenges emerge.

“With a record number of vacancies, our goal is to help people develop their skills and improve their prospects by taking up employment.

“We connect thousands of job-ready applicants to live opportunities, giving them a platform to progress and pursue a career. To achieve this, we work with a wide range of sectors to create and sustain a skilled, productive, reliable and resilient workforce.

Welfare Minister David Rutley MP.
Welfare Minister David Rutley MP.

Social Benefits Minister David Rutley MP added: “Universal Credit continues to provide a vital safety net for millions of people.

“We know that the best path to prosperity is through work, so a large part of the benefits are designed to help people find jobs. This includes personalized one-on-one support from job coaches and our new Way to Work scheme, while working claimants continue to benefit from an extra £1,000 a year on average in their pockets thanks to recent changes we’ve made so people keep more of what they earn.

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