THE NUMBER of Fifers claiming jobseekers allowance has fallen for the second month in a row, according to new figures.
Statistics have revealed that during October 10,368 people in the Kingdom claimed the benefit - a drop of 582 on the previous month.
The figures - released by the Office for National Statistics - also showed that at the same time, job vacancies in Fife are increasing.
During last month there were 2244 job vacancies, a rise of 582 on September and the second successive month that Fife has seen an increase.
The news was welcomed by Councillor Tony Martin, chairman of the environment, enterprise and transportation committee.
He said: “This is very positive news for business in Fife. Fife Council is continuously working to improve the economy in Fife and raise the number of jobs available.
“These figures demonstrate that despite the current climate the efforts being made by us are starting to pay dividends.”
Meanwhile, Kirkcaldy’s Adam Smith Theatre was the venue for young job seekers and school leavers from the town and surrounding areas to learn more about the opportunities available to them in employment, training and learning.
World of work
Skills Development Scotland, Job Centre Plus, Adam Smith College, along with local employers and training providers, voluntary organisations and Adult Basic Education, joined forces to organise the recent interactive, participative event, ‘Move on UP’, which allowed young people to explore activities in the world of work.
Fiona Nicholson, skills development Scotland team leader, said: “‘Move on UP’ was a unique opportunity with a huge range of local organisations together under one roof.
“Young people were able to participate in activities organised by Adam Smith College and learn more about the various ways they can take their first steps in to the workplace.”
She added: “They were also able to find out essential information about opportunities to suit them.
“It was also great to see parents coming along to support their sons and daughters with their career planning.”
Anyone who wants to discuss their career plans is invited to contact their local Skills Development Scotland centre where staff will give them the help they need.
They can also access online services at www.myworldofwork.co.uk.