Unemployment has dropped in 12 months

File photo dated 17/08/11 of a woman looking into the window of a job centre as a third of unemployed young people have not received any responses to job applications in the past year, new research has shown. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 19, 2012. A survey of 2,000 16 to 30-year-olds, 250 of whom were jobless, also showed that almost two thirds described looking for work as "demoralising". One in five unemployed young people questioned by The Prince's Trust and RBS bank said that finding a job in the next year would be "unachievable". The report, to be published tomorrow showed that self-employed young people were significantly more positive about their future. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

File photo dated 17/08/11 of a woman looking into the window of a job centre as a third of unemployed young people have not received any responses to job applications in the past year, new research has shown. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday August 19, 2012. A survey of 2,000 16 to 30-year-olds, 250 of whom were jobless, also showed that almost two thirds described looking for work as "demoralising". One in five unemployed young people questioned by The Prince's Trust and RBS bank said that finding a job in the next year would be "unachievable". The report, to be published tomorrow showed that self-employed young people were significantly more positive about their future. See PA story INDUSTRY Unemployment. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

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Unemployment in Chorley has fallen in the past year, according to the latest statistics.

The number of unemployed claimants in Chorley constituency in March 2013 was 1,782.

This figure means that 3.6% of the population nationally aged between 16 and 64.

It ranks Chorley in the top 250 of 650 constituencies for the lowest rate of unemployment his represents a rate of 3.6% of the economically active population aged 16 to 64, the 422nd highest of the 650.

The number of claimants has dropped by 52 compared to March 2012 and then 55 lower than in February 2013.

Coun Peter Wilson, deputy leader of Chorley Council, said: “Our key focus is to get people into jobs because if we can do that it means residents will be able to enjoy a better quality of life and have more money they can spend in the local economy.

“We’ve got a lot of different support packages and grant schemes in place to attract new business to the borough and help existing ones expand their workforce.

“At the same time we’re also helping people improve their prospects of getting a job by hosting jobs fairs that match them with prospective employers, but also give them tips on how to present CVs and be successful in interviews.

“By getting on and doing this we’re making things happen and the latest figures are very encouraging because not only do they show a month-on-month reduction in unemployment figures, they also show a year-on-year drop too.

“We can’t be complacent and we’ll continue to do what we can to put Chorley on the map and make it a place which is expanding the business sector and has a strong economy.”

Chorley MP Lindsay Hoyle said: “Over the last 12 months, here in Chorley, unemployment has decreased and we’ve seen a decrease from February to March this year.

“It is getting clearer by the day that growth policies are what we need for the economy to pick up and ultimately to reduce unemployment.

“This is why I welcome the Labour administration’s decision to take on apprentices, to hold a joint jobs fair with me and to successfully encourage major employers such as Royal Mail – who are opening a major distribution depot – to come here to Chorley.

These proactive approach will hopefully deliver long term employment with good quality jobs.”