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Newham jobless figures fall as Jobcentres close

PUBLISHED: 10:10 16 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:10 16 November 2017

Jobcentre in Balaam Street, Plaistow. Picture: Steve Poston

Jobcentre in Balaam Street, Plaistow. Picture: Steve Poston

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The number of people looking for work in Newham fell last month.

There were 4,625 people claiming unemployment benefits, including Universal Credit and Jobseeker’s Allowance, in the borough last month, down one per cent - or 30 people - from last year.

The number of young claimants aged between 18 and 25 fell by 9pc over the period, to 835.

“Greater London is showing continued growth,” said Mark Creasey, the customer service leader for Havering Jobcentres.

The latest figures, he added, show unemployment in the capital fell by 27,000 over the quarter - to a “near-record low” of 5pc.

The Department for Work and Pensions shut Plaistow Jobcentre last month, with the East Ham branch in Barking Road to close in January.

Asked whether the move would increase unemployment, Mark said the “consolidated” service would make sure “no-one’s left behind”.


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