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South Kesteven and Rutland unemployment figures among 18-24 years fall in first quarter

After one of the toughest years for UK jobs, there was finally some good news this week.

In the latest figures for April, published this week, unemployment rates among the 18 to 24 age group fell in both South Kesteven and Rutland.

There was almost a 20 per cent reduction in unemployment among that age range for the first quarter of the year in Rutland, falling from 126 in January to 101 for April.

The latest unemployment figures for April remain high, but show signs of hope
The latest unemployment figures for April remain high, but show signs of hope

In South Kesteven, the April figure was 751, down around five per cent from 790 in January, although it remained almost twice as high as 12 months ago.

"It is going in the right direction and more and more jobs are coming up online so we're hoping this is the start of the fightback," said Stuart Roberts, employer advisor for the Department for Work and Pensions (North and East Midlands).

In total, 4,060 were out of work in South Kesteven according to the alternative claimant count, up 88 per cent from 2,163 in April 2020.

That rate of increase was higher in Rutland with 746 unemployed, compared to 311, 12 months ago.

Numbers claiming universal credit also rose in both areas over the last month, with 11,056 in South Kesteven, up by 121 from March, and 2,034 in Rutland, an increase of 28.

There are currently more than 2,100 jobs in Lincolnshire on the Government’s ‘Findajob’ website, and the next Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership virtual jobfair is on Wednesday (May 26) from 10am to 1pm at greaterlincsjobsfair.co.uk

There are also plenty of vacancies at www.imjobs.co.uk

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