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West Berkshire unemployment falls again

John Herring

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THE number of unemployed people in West Berkshire has fallen again. 

Figures released today show that the number of people claiming Job Seeker's Allowance in the district fell to 537 in June, down from the 559 claimants in May and the 828 people registered as claiming in June 2014. 

The year to date figures represent a fall of 35 per cent and, of the 537 claimants, 322 are men and 215 are women.

The number of people claiming aged between 18 and 24 stands at 100, down from 155 this time last year, although these figures are rounded to the nearest five.

Assistant to the manager of Newbury, Reading and Maidenhead Job Centre's, Stephen Snook, said that the economic recovery had been quicker in the area and was being felt strongly as a result. 

He said that lots of building projects that had been put on hold were now coming to completion and that retailers opening new branches had contributed to the falling numbers.

"It's part of the general recovery and our part of the world got in first," he said.

Mr Snook added that lots of companies along the M4 were starting to recruit again, which was having a knock-on effect as 'over-qualified' people moved up the ranks.

"We are setting and just ahead of the trend," he said but warned that there could be a blip in next month's figures owing to students graduating and looking for work.  

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