The number of people claiming benefits and seeking work in Aberdeen has fallen – and 50 more jobs are up for grabs in the coming weeks.
New figures show there were 3,120 Aberdeen residents claiming either Jobseeker’s Allowance or Universal Credit and looking for work in December, compared with 3,160 in November and 3,425 in December 2016 – a 9% year-on-year fall.
Of those counted in last month’s figures, 515 were in the youth bracket – those aged 18 to 24 – compared with 520 in November and 515 in December 2016. In Aberdeenshire, there were 2,060 claimants in December compared with 1,965 in November and 2,355 in December 2016 – a 12.5% year-on-year fall.
Of those counted in last month’s figures, 435 were in the youth bracket compared with 405 in November and 465 in December 2016.
Jobseekers can attend a recruitment event at Aberdeen Job Centre on Dee Street on Tuesday if they are interested in working for William Hill bookmakers. The firm has 10 vacancies – a mixture of customer assistant and manager roles.
Then on February 5, the centre will host a recruitment day for the All Bar One venue in Marischal Square, due to open in March.
Lynn Kidd, one of the job centre’s managers, said: “It is pleasing to see a year-on-year reduction in the figures, which shows that we are helping to get more people into work.
“We know that December traditionally sees a spike in the number of temporary workers in positions over the festive period. Many of these people who prove themselves in the run up to Christmas are kept on permanently.
“For those that aren’t, we offer them support to give them the best possible opportunity to get back into work.”
Explaining the year-on-year claimant count, Ms Kidd said a contributing factor had been the success of a jobs fair held at the Town House in October.
She said: “On that day, we had 1,100 people there looking for work and people were queuing out of the door.”
She added: “We had 33 employers there and the feedback we had was tremendously positive. Many people got festive-period jobs as a result.”