Unemployment rate continues to fall in borough

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The number of Melton people out of work is continuing to drop, according to the latest jobless figures.

There were 419 people in the borough claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in May, which is 1.3 per cent of the working population.

The figure has dropped by 278 from 697 in April 2013, and by 37 from 456 in April 2014.

The most recently published figures show there were 100 young people in the borough aged 18 to 24 claiming the benefit in May, 220 people aged 25 to 49 and 90 people aged 50 to 64.

A number of factors are credited as helping to cut the number of jobless residents in the borough, including the jobs created by the town’s new Sainsbury’s store and local business support and initiatives provided by Melton Council and its partners.

And it’s hoped even more people will be helped get back into the world of work thanks to key projects being advanced in the town and borough.

These include Melton’s new £800,000 Me and My Learning Centre.

The facility, based at Phoenix House in Nottingham Road, aims to make it easier for people to access training, to gain the skills they need to get back into work, as well as providing services helping people to become digitally, financially and socially independent.

A range of service providers are available through Me and My Learning, working together to help people at the centre and effectively providing a ‘one-stop shop’ of support and expertise.

About 150 people attended an open day at the centre this month and were able to talk to representatives from 12 different agencies.

Malise Graham, Melton Council’s lead member for skills, employment and entrepreneurship, said: “It’s very easy to talk about percentages but we have to bare in mind each person is an individual case. That’s why the Me and My Learning Centre has come about, to help individuals and their individual needs.

“The initial reaction we’ve had to the centre has been fantastic. It’s been an enormous success so far, providing a seamless, joined-up service for residents. I’d encourage anyone who’d like help finding employment or advice on other services to find out more about how it can help them.”

To apply for help from the centre visit www.melton.gov.uk or call (01664) 502342.