Jobless figures remain stableBy David Millward
January 20, 2012
Jobless figures remained static in Reading last month according to the latest figures.
The number of people claiming Job Seekers Allowance (JSA) in the borough was 3,643, or 3.4 per cent of the working age population.
The rate has been constant for the last three months. There were 1,067 unfilled vacancies in the town over the same period according to the Office of National Statistics.
Samantha Barker, regional development manager for the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) in the Thames Valley, said: “Whilst it appears encouraging that the rate of people claiming JSA in Reading did not increase this month, the fact figures have remained relatively static suggests that the economy is still sluggish and the Government still needs to be doing more to aid job creation and promote growth.”
Martin Judd, chairman of the Reading and West Berkshire branch of the FSB, added: “There are several large-scale developments going on in Reading this year and these will hopefully generate a large number of jobs for the area.
“This is, on the whole, a great thing for our economy but our local businesses should be aware that a large influx of jobs may create some movement in the jobs market and businesses should be aware of the potential impact this will have.”
The claimant rate in West Berkshire fell slightly from 1.8 per cent to 1.7 per cent in December but the figure remained static at 1.3 per cent in Wokingham. The rate in the South East remained at 2.6 per cent while the proportion of claimants across the UK rose by 0.1 per cent to 3.9 per cent.