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Editor’s Comment: Still progress to be made in tackling unemployment

File photo dated 19/11/12 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today in his Autumn Statement of funding for Jobcentres to support 16 and 17 year olds in finding apprenticeship or traineeship. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

File photo dated 19/11/12 of a general view of a Job Centre Plus offices in Derby city centre. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today in his Autumn Statement of funding for Jobcentres to support 16 and 17 year olds in finding apprenticeship or traineeship. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Thursday December 5, 2013. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

 

Six years on from the financial crisis of 2008 we are still feeling the after effects.

Indeed, there can be few people who haven’t been affected in someway over the last few years by the downturn in the economy.

Things still aren’t great, but there are signs that things are slowly and surely getting better. About time.

There was more good news this week when it was revealed that unemployment in West Lindsey is now at its lowest rate since 2008.

This is progress, and gives us reason to be optimistic. I grew up in the 1980s and 1990s, periods where, at times, unemployment seemed out of control. We never want a return to those days.

It is essential that people claiming Job Seekers’ Allowance get as much support as possible in getting back into work.

This support not only has to come from the Government and DWP but also from the business community.

There is also some onus on those who are claiming Job seekers’ to be proactive in looking for work, and grasp opportunities that come along.

 

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