‘Great news’ as Newham employment figures show fall in claimants

PUBLISHED: 11:53 19 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:53 19 October 2016

The Jobcentre in Stratford       Picture: Paul Bennett

The Jobcentre in Stratford Picture: Paul Bennett


New employment figures have been hailed as showing the borough is headed in “the right direction”.

The number of people in Newham claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance in 2016 fell by 190 compared with last year, the data – which were released this morning – show.

The Department for Work and Pensions figures reveal that 4,570 people were claiming the benefit in September of this year, a 4 per cent decrease on September 2015.

Separate numbers for residents aged between 18 and 24 show a 7pc decline, from 950 in 2015 to 880 this year.

Mark Creasey, Jobcentre customer service operations manager representing Newham, said the figures are welcome news.

“The numbers in Newham remain positive,” he said, adding the borough is “heading in the right direction” with employment.

“Employment rates across the country continue to run at a record high.”

Overall, 31.8 million are now employed in the UK, with 4,469,000 of them in London.

Unemployment is at 1.66 million, while the number of job vacancies available at any one time is around 750,000.

Employment minister Damian Hinds said: “There’s great news in London where the employment rate is close to the record high at 73.3pc.

“But there’s more to do, particularly when it comes to supporting young people into employment. We want to build a solid base for the future.”

Related articles


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Newham Recorder visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Newham Recorder staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Newham Recorder account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Newham News Stories

Cllr Rachel Tripp is to stand down from her position as a cabinet member on Newham Council, saying she has been “unhappy for some time” about its direction of travel.


A new study building at St Angela’s Ursuline School was officially opened by Bishop Alan Williams.

Forest Gate

Budget taxi service Uber has been told its trading licence will not be renewed when it expires in eight days time.

United Kingdom

A housing development on the site of the former Plaistow Hospital has won an industry award.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read news

Show Job Lists


Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Read more

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Read more

Digital Edition


Enjoy the
Newham Recorder
e-edition today


Education and Training


Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now