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Croydon outperforms rest of London in young jobless stakes

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Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Communities

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Croydon's falling youth unemployment numbers have outperformed the rest of London, the ONS's latest Labour Market Bulletin figures show.

The borough had 865 fewer 18 to 24-year-olds seeking work in December 2013 compared with December 2012 - a total of 1,505 against 2,370.

And Croydon also holds a top-four spot across the capital for the fall in the total number of unemployed, with 7,210 claiming jobseeker’s allowance in December 2013, compared to 9,915 in December 2012, an annual drop of 27.3%, and 285 fewer than in November.

Pathways to Employment, an initiative Croydon Council says is set to bring thousands of new jobs to the borough, is being hailed a motivating factor in the falling numbers.

It is hoped that the scheme, launched by the council in partnership with JobCentre Plus and private sector companies and charities, will see the creation of 16,000 new jobs over the next five years.

Councillor Vidhi Mohan, cabinet member for communities and economic development, said: “These latest figures are great news and tremendously reassuring for the people of Croydon.

“They are the latest instalment of what is a sustained trend with more and more people moving off benefits and into work.

“A lot of the credit for this significant improvement must go to the work we’ve done with partners in the setting up of schemes such as Pathways to Employment, and the West Croydon Investment Programme. We’ve also had much success working with local organisations, resulting in the launch of a number of projects supporting young people into work.

“These initiatives will continue to drive the unemployment figures down, offering genuine hope for local job seekers.”

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