9% drop in jobseeker claimants in Aberdeen

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The number of people looking for work in Aberdeen has fallen by 9% compared with last year, new figures suggest.

Jobcentre Plus measures the number of people claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance or Universal Credit and looking for work – known as the claimant count.

That number was 2,880 in Aberdeen as of September – 290 fewer than last September. It has dropped by 400 – 12% – since 2010.

The figure rose by 7% in Aberdeenshire over the last year, as the claimant count rose by 130 to 2,110.

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However, the latest figure is roughly the same as it was in 2010, when the claimant count was 2,132 – 1% higher than now.

Shonagh Neave, work coach team leader at Jobcentre Plus in Aberdeen, said: “We are working with retailers to assist in filling outstanding vacancies.

“These include Dunelm Mill, Poundstretcher, Greig’s, Smyth’s Toys and Home Bargains. Due to the success of our first Twitter virtual jobs fair, another one will take place at 10.30am on Monday.”

Jobcentre Plus is also helping firms take on disabled staff. It said 10 north-east employers have enrolled on its Disability Confident scheme since mid-September.