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Number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance drops across South West Wales

By SWEPRupertH  |  Posted: December 12, 2012

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THE number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell in South West Wales from October to November.

In Swansea the claimant count fell from 5,352 in October to 5,012 in November.

In Neath Port Talbot the claimant count also fell in the same period from 3,316 to 3,076.

And in Carmarthenshire the number of people out of work and claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell from 3,689 in October to 3,624 in November.

The claimant count also fell across Wales from 80,400 in October to 79,400 in November.

The number of unemployed people in Wales fell 15,000 from 132,000 in the three months from May to July to 117,000 in the three months from August to October.

Across the UK the claimant count fell by 3,000 down to 1.57million while the number of people unemployed for the three months from August to October stood at 2.51 million, down from 2.59 million for the three months from May to July.

The number of redundancies across the country stood at 147,000 for August to October which was up 5,000 on the previous quarter.

Employment Minister Mark Hoban welcomed the fall in unemployment across the UK and said: "Once again these figures show that the private sector is creating far more jobs than are being lost in the public sector.

"It's a credit to British businesses that they're proving wrong those cynics who claimed the private sector wouldn't be able to step up."

Welsh Secretary David Jones said: "The latest figures have underlined the importance of Welsh Government ministers working with their UK Government counterparts to maximise economic growth potential in Wales."

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  • bontboy  |  December 13 2012, 1:46PM

    The dole count is down until January when all the xmas temps are back making claims and everything is back to square one you cant trust these lot and their so called official figures, They fiddle the figures and have been doing so since Maggie was in power in the 80s. Do you really trust these lot in power to tell the Truth!! The dont know the meaning of the word, No wonder nobody bothers to vote anymore they are all clowns.

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  • Rosemary1959  |  December 12 2012, 10:02PM

    I don't know who are the biggest fools = the ones who expound this drivel about falling jobless figures or the ones who believe them.

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  • Dooyah  |  December 12 2012, 9:17PM

    Philosorupture Are you off to Michigan then? Who knows, it might be the USA State win the race to the bottom. HuffPo link: http://tinyurl.com/cxycjgy

  • weslangdon  |  December 12 2012, 6:54PM

    neathboy 234; as others have pointed out your level of savings is irrelevant. You would be entitled to contribution based JSA, this used to last a year but has been chopped to 6 months by the current shower in Westminster

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  • KP287  |  December 12 2012, 5:28PM

    It`s not rocket science, the jobless figures are falling yet the government is still borrowing money because tax revenues are static or falling. The result is that these figures tell us that JSA claimants have come to the end of their claims, an increase in part time and low wage jobs. These statistics are nothing to crow about, it just proves that this coalition led by the Tories are pushing people into low paid jobs because they need money. Lets not forget since this bunch of muppets have come to power foodbanks have grown and save the children are operating in the UK. The main driver for the Tories is to turn the working classes against eachother, hence the claptrap on the scroungers with the curtains closed. What about the wealthy with their bonuses, CEOs` being paid 100s` of thousands of pounds payoffs for failing, senior politicians with their 400k + pensions, utility companies with their 8 and 9% price increases. Yet they want us to focus on a minority of scroungers who are bringing this country down. The majority of people on benefits are in work, we are heading towards a triple dip ressession, low or no growth and higher levels of poverty. But lets not forget "WE are all in this together", if you believe that then you are in serious need of help.

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  • Neathboy234  |  December 12 2012, 4:17PM

    Thanks for all the good advice it seems i could have savings and claim. Just put another £10 in my piggy bank lol.

  • Jiffy  |  December 12 2012, 3:37PM

    Philosoraptor - The US is on it's uppers. They are all but owned by China. Their manufacturing base is failing. There's a huge gulf between the haves and the have nots. We seldom, if ever get to see how the poor survive in the US, but you can certain the huge number of murders is caused by the hidden poverty of large numbers of Americans who live in the projects or trailer parks.

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  • Jiffy  |  December 12 2012, 3:32PM

    Neathboy - lucky you. There are millions of families living off part-time work at the minimum wage. They have no chance of earning enough to save or buy their own homes. Many don't get holidays away either. If you lost your job tomorrow, what would happen if you couldn't get a job - and you had to live off your savings and they ran out ? You'd be straight down the dole and don't say that you wouldn't.

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  • Philosoraptor  |  December 12 2012, 2:12PM

    Neathboy, I believe dole is exempt from that sort of qualification. You would also be entitled to the full job seekers allowance because you have proven that you are worthy of it by being pro-active and holding down a job for so long and then not losing it through any action of your own. Even if you find a job within a a couple of days, they will still give you the first job seekers allowance payment to cover the couple of days of lost earnings from redundancy. People like you who work and save should rightfully be looked after while you try your utmost to get back in the employment, I do however believe that those who do not seek employment should even get the dole. It is those payments that they have learned to live off, in the US they get to rely on food stamps which are donated, as they are donated they are not guaranteed and not many places accept them as payment for food. It is why the US is so successful with it's economic output, although it's population is just about 6.5 times bigger than ours it's economy is nearly 9 times larger in Purchasing Power terms. The realisation that there is no money for no work makes more people willing to look for employment and put in extra hours for extra cash, as a consequence the US average working hours is longer than ours thus the higher proportional national wealth. If however somebody loses a job through redundancy then they get payment protection from the Government for a limited time until they find another job, that limit is five years but you have to work five years non stop to qualify for the full payments. Each year the payment gets smaller making the need to work higher as time goes on. Barring recessions it works flawlessly, but during recessions it works better than our benefits schemes because companies must all contribute to it as well meaning they are paying into a deliberate negative pool of cash, they are more profitable paying out in real wages by offering real jobs when the can. It is working again in this recession, last month over 146,000 new job positions were created because companies had to pay higher amounts into this sort of job seekers allowance pot. The argument is does a company pay for people to sit down or pay them and get a product made or a service sold in return? This is why I prefer the American way.

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  • Eric_Pode  |  December 12 2012, 1:55PM

    Neathboy234 If you became unemployed and you registered with the JobCentre, you'd be entiltled to Contributions-Based JSA and the JC would award NI contributions. The contrib-based JSA is for a limited period but, it would be better than nothing. Keeping regular NI payments, either by yourself or by the State, is important as it affects your State Retirement Pension.

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