Latest figures show unemployment down 33 per cent in Sutton

There are 1,984 people claiming job seekers allowance in Sutton, a drop of 33.8 per cent compared to June last year

There are 1,984 people claiming job seekers allowance in Sutton, a drop of 33.8 per cent compared to June last year

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Unemployment in Sutton is down by more than a third compared to last year, new figures show.

Statistics released yesterday (Wednesday, July 16) show there are 1,984 people claiming job seekers allowance (JSA) in Sutton, a drop of 33.8 per cent compared to June last year when there were 2,997.

Matthew Hitchin, district operation manager for south London for the Department of Work and Pensions, said: "It's down to the work we're doing with Job Centre Plus and the work we've done with local authorities by getting out there with vacancies.

"Certainly the labour market is strong at the moment and that has helped.

"I definitely think we can continue the trend and bring unemployment levels down further. There are huge projects coming up in the area and they will help."

Just 1.6 per cent of the population in Sutton claims JSA compared to 2.6 nationally.

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9:00am Thu 17 Jul 14

adrianshort says...

So what happened to the people who've left the dole queue, or not joined it in the first place? Are they in education, employment or training, or are they just not claiming because of the DWP's aggressive sanctions regime?
So what happened to the people who've left the dole queue, or not joined it in the first place? Are they in education, employment or training, or are they just not claiming because of the DWP's aggressive sanctions regime? adrianshort
  • Score: 8

2:03pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Niki R says...

How many are in zero hours jobs, on low incomes, working part time or temporary jobs? It looks good on the surface but there's a murky world beneath the spin.
How many are in zero hours jobs, on low incomes, working part time or temporary jobs? It looks good on the surface but there's a murky world beneath the spin. Niki R
  • Score: 8

6:18pm Thu 17 Jul 14

Mr Flange of Wallington says...

adrianshort wrote:
So what happened to the people who've left the dole queue, or not joined it in the first place? Are they in education, employment or training, or are they just not claiming because of the DWP's aggressive sanctions regime?
I fit into your last category. Too many hoops to claim JSA.
[quote][p][bold]adrianshort[/bold] wrote: So what happened to the people who've left the dole queue, or not joined it in the first place? Are they in education, employment or training, or are they just not claiming because of the DWP's aggressive sanctions regime?[/p][/quote]I fit into your last category. Too many hoops to claim JSA. Mr Flange of Wallington
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