Murray’s year-over-year interest claims for February are down by a fifth

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Murray’s interest applications decreased year-on-year for the month of February by more than a fifth.

On a yearly basis, Murray's benefit claims were down for the month of February.
On a yearly basis, Murray’s benefit claims were down for the month of February.

Newly released figures from the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show claims across all age groups fell by 385 to 1,400, a decrease of 22 per cent.

In the 18-24 demographic, there was a decrease of 9 percent to 260 from 285 in February 2022.

The biggest drop, however, was found in the 50+ category where 140 – 28 percent – fell this February; Claims numbers stand at 355.

The numbers include those who claim benefits while working and those who are looking for work.

DWP Employer and Partnership Director Jane Monroe.
DWP Employer and Partnership Director Jane Monroe.

Jane Munro, Director of Employment and Partnerships at DWP, said: “At our Job Centres, Job Coaches provide each job seeker with tailored support, helping to build confidence and develop new skills.

“The focus as we move into spring is to reach everyone looking to rejoin the workforce, regardless of whether they are a single parent, young adult, over 50, or have a health condition.

“Increasing the workforce is a key activity to help companies fill vacancies. Locally, we continue to work with Murray and Johnston Council in Elgin and most recently Tivoli. To support this, we hold regular job fairs and job academies. Meanwhile, job seekers can find their perfect job through Search our DWP findajob Website, which has thousands of jobs offered.

“We recently held a Marketplace event in Keith which provided direct access to employers for local vacancies and partner organizations for additional support. These events are useful for anyone looking to progress towards employment. The next market will be at Forres Town Hall on Friday, 24 March from 9 :30 am to 12 noon.

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Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Jack MP.  Photo: Daniel Forsyth
Secretary of State for Scotland Alistair Jack MP. Photo: Daniel Forsyth

Secretary of State for Scotland, Alistair Jack, said: “Today’s figures reflect that although we continue to face significant challenges, the labor market in Scotland remains resilient.

“We have record numbers of people on the payroll and unemployment remains around historic lows.

“There is more that needs to be done to stabilize our economy and … the chancellor [has] Outline the next steps in our plan to grow the UK economy, halve inflation and reduce debt. These include… measures to boost opportunities across the country, including the expected support to the Edinburgh Festival economy, which contributes more than £300m annually to the UK.”

Labor Secretary Jay Opperman.
Labor Secretary Jay Opperman.

Employment Minister Jay Opperman MP added: “We have promised to grow the economy in order to create more good-paying jobs, and we want everyone to have the same opportunity for a fulfilling working life.

“That’s why we’re focusing on addressing inactivity, and it’s encouraging to see more people transition into jobs or take steps to look for work.

“We’re always looking for new ways to support people, including changes we’ve made to global credit such as lowering the gradient rate, increasing work allowances and bringing our hundreds of thousands of claimants into close contact with work coaches to enhance their long-term prospects.”

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