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|Four month fall in Fife's Jobseekers|
The latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics again indicate a further fall in the number of Fifers claiming Jobseeker Allowance (JSA).
December 2011 is the 4th month in a row that the Jobcentres in Fife have recorded a fall in the number of people signing on. This welcome trend is in contrast to the first half of the year when rises in numbers were recorded.
Councillor Tony Martin, Strategic Chair of the Environment, Enterprise & Transportation Committee, commented “After a difficult year it is good to see that that the numbers have fallen back to reach a level similar to Christmas 2010. We know the Fife economy is facing more uncertainty in the coming year but at the moment Fife is bucking the UK trend. Work carried out by Fife Council and its Community Partners since the recession is now paying dividends and work will continue to ensure that every opportunity to secure new jobs for Fife in the future will also be maximised.”
Fife continues to report a slightly higher rate of JSA than that of Scotland or the UK, but the gap is narrowing. The Fife rate fell in December 2011 to 4.3% (10,262 people) whilst the Scottish rate increased to 4.1%. (139,134).
Further information on the current employment and unemployment rates in Fife can be found in the latest monthly Labour Market Update.