Fewer people are looking for work in the north-east than a year ago, new figures show.
Latest statistics show 3,430 people claiming either jobseekers’ allowance or universal credit and seeking employment in Aberdeen last month, which is 370 fewer than April last year – a 10% drop.
That claimant count for those aged 18-24 was 590, which is 15 fewer than April last year – a 2% drop.
In Aberdeenshire the overall claimant count was 2,175 last month, which is 330 fewer than April 2017 – a 13% drop.
The claimant count for those aged 18-24 was 465, which is 45 fewer than in April last year – a 9% drop.
Shonagh Neave, a work coach team leader at Aberdeen Job Centre, said: “It is really encouraging to see a year-on-year fall in the claimant count.
“We have seen the same trend for the last few months now, which shows there are opportunities for people to get back into work.
“We have seen particularly opportunities in the hospitality sector and we are doing a lot of work to encourage people to consider a career in childcare.”
Throughout this week, the Job Centre is promoting the early years childcare careers campaign.
Nurseries across the north-east are experiencing a demand for places after the introduction of 30 hours of free childcare for working parents of children aged three and four.
Job Centre staff particularly want to interest men in childcare as only 3% of workers in the sector are male.
Among employers due to take on new staff in the coming weeks are the Pigs Wings fast food restaurant on Upperkirkgate, Aberdeen, and BAM Nuttall, which is carrying out a major upgrade of the rail line between Aberdeen and Dyce, which runs until August 20.
Later this year the Job Centre will also be running campaigns to promote vacancies in the armed forces and in retail.