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Drop in jobless households in Blackburn with Darwen
NEARLY 25 per cent of households in Blackburn with Darwen did not contain any workers last year, new figures revealed.
Between January and December 2012, 23.9 per cent of households were classed as workless, national statistics showed.
Despite decreasing five per cent from 2011, the figure remained seven per cent above the national average.
In Burnley, 21.6 per cent households were classed as workless - up from 19.5 the year before.
Blackburn with Darwen Council’s deputy leader Andy Kay said: “It is difficult to generalise as every family is different.
“However, as these figures make clear it is extremely difficult for many people to find a job.
“The council does everything it can to try promote employment in the borough and help people get jobs.
“At a time when the Government is cutting benefits, it can be very difficult for many people.
“We do everything possible to help people caught in the poverty trap and have recently upgraded our advice services to try and help people with problems over benefits and find work.”
Sudell Liberal Democrat Coun Roy Davies said: “It frightening to think this is the situation in Blackburn with Darwen “The Government is bringing in restrictions on benefits and saying people must go back to work but where are the jobs they supposed to take?”
Burnley’s Liberal Democrat MP Gordon Birtwistle said: “I can’t see any reason why it’s on the rise.
“There’s work available. The problem we have, we have stacks of jobs, but we don’t have the people with skills to do them. Training people with skills for the future has been neglected over the years, particularly by the last government.”
Hyndburn, Ribble Valley and Rossendale recorded figures under the national average, with 14.1, 15.4 and 13.5 per cent respectively.
The number of non-workers in Pendle increased from 17.8 per cent in 2011 to 19.7 last year.
Nearly 30 per cent of non-workers in the north west did not have a job because they were sick or disabled; 21 because they were unemployed; 18 because they were retired, 14 because they were a carer, 10 because they were a student and six per cent for other reasons.
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