People claiming JSA in Herefordshire at lowest for six years

People claiming JSA in Herefordshire at lowest for six years

People claiming JSA in Herefordshire at lowest for six years

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THE number of people in Herefordshire seeking job seekers allowance (JSA) is at its lowest for six years.

Latest figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that 1,468 people were on JSA last month – the lowest it has been since June 2008. This compares to 2,525 this time last year.

According to the labour market statistics, 89,000 people are "economically active" in the county out of a population of 184,900.

There are 14,500 people in professional occupations, with 10,300 being in a manager, director or senior official.

A further 13,000 are in skilled trade professions, while 7.400 are in administrative and secretarial positions and 6,800 in sales and customer service.

A total of 22,700 people are "economically inactive", with 5,800 looking after a family or a home, 4,800 being retired, 4,400 on long-term sick leave and 4,300 being students.

The majority of those – 16,600 – said that they do not want a job.

The average gross weekly pay of full-time workers in the county is lower than the West Midlands and the rest of the country.

A worker can expect to take home on average £415, compared to £483 in other parts of the West Midlands.

The average weekly wage in the UK is £518.10.

But, there is a noticeable difference amongst men and women.

Male full-time workers in Herefordshire can take home £493.20 on average, whereas women will only see £334.80.

Nevertheless, Mike Dzioba, business development manager for Department for Work and Pensions, said that the job market in the county is "healthy."

"In Hereford, there is been a big retail development, which has really helped," said Mr Dzioba.

"We have worked with big companies like Waitrose and Debenhams to ensure that a lot of jobs were created.

"But, the other market towns are also doing well are are benefitting with what is happening in Hereford.

"People from Leominster and Ross are travelling to to those jobs, so the county is benefitting as a whole.

"In Ross, the JSA figure is 175, which is the lowest it has been since November 2005.

"We expect the vast majority of those people signed off and going into work.

"We work with a wide variety of employees in Ross, like the Royal Hotel, who have recently undertaken a vast refurbishment, to create vacancies.

"Aldi has also started building on their new site and Tesco has applied to have supermarket in the town, so Ross is fairly buoyant."

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1:44pm Mon 16 Jun 14

dadgey says...

The average wage statistic is misleading. The average must include every wage, even the bosses and council leaders and champions of industry. In reality I doubt most 'working class' people earn anywhere near £500 -on min. wage they would have to work about 80 hours a week! I have a responsible position as a middle management supervisor, and I get £412 a week before stoppages. Maybe I should have listened more at school.
The average wage statistic is misleading. The average must include every wage, even the bosses and council leaders and champions of industry. In reality I doubt most 'working class' people earn anywhere near £500 -on min. wage they would have to work about 80 hours a week! I have a responsible position as a middle management supervisor, and I get £412 a week before stoppages. Maybe I should have listened more at school. dadgey
  • Score: 5

2:56pm Mon 16 Jun 14

mizza21 says...

Well, this is all great news.

Well done to the HT for such high quality journalism.
I feel a bit richer just reading this.

It seems the governments austerity measures are working after all.
Well, this is all great news. Well done to the HT for such high quality journalism. I feel a bit richer just reading this. It seems the governments austerity measures are working after all. mizza21
  • Score: 2

6:50pm Mon 16 Jun 14

megilleland says...

Strange all this good news before the run up to an election. I imagine it's going to get a lot better as we near the date.
Strange all this good news before the run up to an election. I imagine it's going to get a lot better as we near the date. megilleland
  • Score: 1

6:51pm Mon 16 Jun 14

fandang0 says...

dadgey wrote:
The average wage statistic is misleading. The average must include every wage, even the bosses and council leaders and champions of industry. In reality I doubt most 'working class' people earn anywhere near £500 -on min. wage they would have to work about 80 hours a week! I have a responsible position as a middle management supervisor, and I get £412 a week before stoppages. Maybe I should have listened more at school.
You are absolutely right... using an 'average' figure can often tend to be misleading in such circumstances and is lazy journalism, really.

It would have been better to get the 'median' figure, ie out of 1-100 people, what does no 50 earn? it will be significantly lower.

much of this article really is superficial, free market economy clap-trap which will no doubt please Dave & Gideon if they read it....
[quote][p][bold]dadgey[/bold] wrote: The average wage statistic is misleading. The average must include every wage, even the bosses and council leaders and champions of industry. In reality I doubt most 'working class' people earn anywhere near £500 -on min. wage they would have to work about 80 hours a week! I have a responsible position as a middle management supervisor, and I get £412 a week before stoppages. Maybe I should have listened more at school.[/p][/quote]You are absolutely right... using an 'average' figure can often tend to be misleading in such circumstances and is lazy journalism, really. It would have been better to get the 'median' figure, ie out of 1-100 people, what does no 50 earn? it will be significantly lower. much of this article really is superficial, free market economy clap-trap which will no doubt please Dave & Gideon if they read it.... fandang0
  • Score: 2

8:16pm Mon 16 Jun 14

Holmerowan says...

Stats and figures can always be open to interpretation.
But this article has one thing spot on correct - That we have the lowest wages of the Whole Country.

" The average gross weekly pay of full-time workers in the county is lower than the West Midlands and the rest of the country. "
Stats and figures can always be open to interpretation. But this article has one thing spot on correct - That we have the lowest wages of the Whole Country. " The average gross weekly pay of full-time workers in the county is lower than the West Midlands and the rest of the country. " Holmerowan
  • Score: 4

11:58pm Tue 17 Jun 14

WYSIATI says...

Not quite sure where the figures come from - they are not the ones on http://factsandfigur
es.herefordshire.gov
.uk/1215.aspx

These show lower median wages for Herefordshire but about the same for West Midlands and England.

Really shocking thing is that since 2006 Herefordshire has stayed still while the others have increased. Inflation since then has been 25% so it's a huge real-terms pay cut

Not sure that adding some shop jobs is going to make that up.
Not quite sure where the figures come from - they are not the ones on http://factsandfigur es.herefordshire.gov .uk/1215.aspx These show lower median wages for Herefordshire but about the same for West Midlands and England. Really shocking thing is that since 2006 Herefordshire has stayed still while the others have increased. Inflation since then has been 25% so it's a huge real-terms pay cut Not sure that adding some shop jobs is going to make that up. WYSIATI
  • Score: 1

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