Fall in number of Jobseeker claimants in Fife

Councillor Lesley Laird is pleased to see Opportunities Fife initiatives helping people into work.
Councillor Lesley Laird is pleased to see Opportunities Fife initiatives helping people into work.

The number of people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in Fife fell in August, according to the latest data published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

In August a total of 6244 Fifers aged 18-65 were claiming JSA, revealing a reduction in unemployment in the region.

Fife’s claimant count rate is currently 2.7 per cent, which remains slightly higher (0.6 per cent more) than the Scottish average.

Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council’s depute leader and executive spokesperson for economy and planning, said: “After a period of disappointing economic news, it’s great to see positive results that reflect the range of activities being undertaken to deal with these challenges.

“Fife Council is working with partners, including Developing the Young Workforce in Fife Board and Opportunities Fife, a partnership that focuses on employability for people facing challenges accessing work, to implement new initiatives to further tackle unemployment and get people into jobs.”

Councillor Tony Martin, Fife Council’s youth ambassador and chairman of Opportunities Fife, added: “Youth unemployment in Fife is continuing to drop, with almost 550 people aged 16-24 years coming off JSA in the last year.

“The Opportunities Fife Partnership is working hard to further increase the number of Fife youngsters in positive destinations, and a range of programmes designed to support people back into the workplace are available, not just to 16-24 year olds, but to all age groups.”

Anyone looking for more information on employability or training needs can contact Opportunities Fife on 0844 855 2280 or email info@opportunitiesfife.org