Jobless still face battle to find work

UNEMPLOYMENT in the north of county is falling in some areas, but only marginally.

In line with the national trend, which shows that the numbers out of work have fallen to 2.6m, the first drop in a year, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire have also seen slight decreases.

But in Corby and Kettering the jobless figure has gone up slightly since February.

In Wellingborough there were 2,239 people out of work in March, a slight drop from 2,242 in February, and in East Northamptonshire the figure has fallen from 1,599 to 1,587 for March.

The number of people out of work in Corby rose from 2,162 in February to 2,196 in March, and in Kettering there was an increase from 2,274 to 2,350.

In Corby the unemployment rate is 6.2 per cent compared with a national figure of 4.1 per cent and 4 per cent for the East Midlands. The rate for Kettering is 4.1 per cent, 3 per cent for East Northamptonshire and 4.6 per cent for Wellingborough.

Competition for jobs is fierce in Corby where hundreds of people are expected to come on to the jobs market in the coming months following the announcement of redundancies at Tata Steel, Argos/Wincanton and at the Eddie Stobart depot. This week top quality clothing manufacturer Aquascutum, of Princewood Road, Corby, went into administration putting more jobs under threat.

Not-for-profit organisation PJT Employability is launching a new job club in Corby from 10am until 1pm on Friday, May 4, in the library, to help people find work.

Its director Phil Toon said: “In Corby where most of the jobs are in warehousing and food manufacturing, it’s incredibly difficult to find work. Our aim is to equip people with skills to give them an advantage.”

The organisation which has an office in Wood Street, Corby, and a base in Oakham, offers free advice on careers, job-seeking and CVs, as well as skills training such as customer service and hygiene.

Mr Toon said: “We’re helping up to 70 people a week into work but with 100 new people coming in, it seems like we’re fighting a losing battle at the moment.”