Mayor Biggs Welcomes Fall in Youth Unemployment

Recent data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows that youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets has fallen dramatically over the previous 12 months, with the total number of 18-24 year olds claiming job seekers allowance falling to 975 – a decline of 180 claims.

Mayor of Tower Hamlets John Biggs commented:

“It is very encouraging to see youth unemployment in Tower Hamlets coming down. Whether through our A-Level success, excellent apprenticeships or other routes into work we know how talented and successful the young people in our borough can be. I’m very glad to see that talent translating into jobs.

“As Mayor, I am determined that the council does all it can to secure employment for our residents and to promote our local businesses. We do however need to be clear about the damage that the Tory Government has caused to Tower Hamlets residents as a result of unprecedented spending cuts and a sluggish economy which encourages low paid, insecure work.”

Cabinet Member for Work & Economic Growth Cllr Joshua Peck said:

“The fall in youth unemployment is very welcome but there remains a great deal of work to do to support Tower Hamlets residents into work and achieve our ambition of full employment for local people. We are massively increasing the support we offer local people to get into work and the support we offer businesses to grow and create jobs'.

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