SOLIHULL’S job centres say they are looking to get everyone to re-join the jobs market this spring.
This comes as the number of Universal Credit claimants in the borough has fallen again by around 20 per cent in a year.
Alison Hirons, employer services team leader for the South Birmingham and Solihull district, says they have been working with employers. hosting job fairs and offering its space for job interviews.
The number of Solihull claimants for February was recorded at 4,100 which included 755 young people between the ages of 18 and 24 and 990 who were 50-plus.
This is a 17 er cent fall on last February.
Ms Hirons said: “Across our jobcentres, work coaches continue to provide every jobseeker with tailored support, helping to build their confidence and develop new skills.
“The focus as we move into Spring being to reach out to everyone looking to re-join the jobs market, no matter whether they’re single parents, young people, 50 Plus or have a health condition.”
The latest ONS figures show there has been a rise in the number of people employed, across the West Midlands Region to 2814 million – this is a rise of 4000 within the quarter.
The employment rate for those aged between 16 and 64 is at 74.5 per cent and the number of people unemployed is at 131,000 – this is down 15,000 on the year and down 12,000 for the same period between December to February 2020.