Claimant number for Job Seekers Allowance fall across Greenwich

Unemployment has once again fallen and the number of people in work has reached record highs. This is all part of the economic recovery that is now underway thanks to the tough decisions taken by the Conservatives in Government.


The results are announced by constituency and there are 2 and half constituencies in Greenwich; Eltham and Greenwich & Woolwich and Erith & Thamesmead (Abbey Wood, Plumstead and Thamesmead Moorings wards).


There has been a drop in the number of people claiming job seekers allowance, in Eltham the drop was 15.2%, in Greenwich & Woolwich it was 14.3% and in Erith & Thamesmead it was 8.7%.


The improving job market seems to benefiting young people with a drop in people claiming JSA among those aged between 18 and 24, in Eltham this drop was 15.7%, in Greenwich & Woolwich it was 25.2% and in Erith & Thamesmead it was 20.7%.


The claimant count in Greenwich & Woolwich has fallen by 11.8% over the last 12 months, over twice the national average of 5.4%. In Eltham the change over the last 12 months was 10.5% and was 4.9% in Erith & Thamesmead.


Leader of Greenwich Conservatives, Cllr Spencer Drury welcomed the news saying “The job market in the constituency is picking up which is great news for local residents. Last quarter we saw the claimant count drop below the national average whilst this month we see an above average drop. This shows the Government is right to be supporting new local businesses and reducing red tape, national insurance and corporation tax which frees up company finances to recruit more staff.”