In May 2017, there were 3,967 people claiming Jobseekers Allowance (JSA) in Fife – over 1,000 fewer claimants compared with the same period last year.
The monthly JSA figures, which are published by the Office for National Statistics, reported that 1.7% of Fife’s working age population claimed JSA in May 2017, down from 2.3% of the working age population twelve months ago.
Fife’s youth unemployment rate has more than halved in the last 12 months, from 2.7% in May 2016 to 1.2% in May 2017. 520 young people between the ages of 16-24 were claiming JSA in May 2017. This is down from 1,145 claimants made by young people in May 2016.
Gordon Mole, Senior Manager for Business & Employability, Fife Council, said: “The reduction in the number of people, particularly young people, claiming JSA is a positive sign.
“Developing the Young Workforce Fife (DYW) Fife is increasing the type and volume of employment and training opportunities being offered to young people. DYW is helping bring together schools, colleges and employability providers together to meet the needs of changing industry demands, and a business survey is currently underway in order to identify how DYW can help meet businesses’ future talent development needs. I encourage our employers to complete the survey to let us know how we can work with you.”
Employers from across the region are encouraged to join Fife’s Business Voice to give their opinions on how we can best involve them in our local Developing the Young Workforce (DYW) partnership, which is in place to develop Fife’s future workforce.
We are now rolling out a range of programmes that Fife businesses are encouraged to take part in – from developing an enterprising culture across our primary schools, to mentoring high school pupils, and from supporting an apprentice to ‘learn the job’, to attending a school careers fair.
You are invited to voice your views via our short survey on how we can help meet your future talent development and communications needs. Click here to access the questionnaire
For more information and to get involved in Developing the Young Workforce Fife, visit the Opportunities Fife website – the key portal for employment and training opportunities in Fife, which is available to jobseekers of any age.