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J J Ellison
UK News

Christian charity welcomes unemployment drop

Official figures show the number of people unemployed fell by 58,000 to 1.91 million in the three months to November 2014.

In addition, wages continued to grow faster than the cost of goods for a second month in a row. Average earnings, excluding bonuses, were up 1.8% from the year before.

In comparison, the cost of goods (known as inflation) was 1% in November, before it dropped to 0.5% in December.

However in the three months to November, the amount of 16-24-year-olds who are unemployed went up by 30,000 to 764,000 people. This is the first quarterly rise in youth unemployment since June to August 2013.

Bethany Cowling, from Christians Against Poverty, said: "Obviously it's wonderful that more people are in employment and we would love to see these levels continue to rise.

"[But] we do continue to see vast numbers of jobseekers who do need a lot of support, there are still a lot of people out there.

"We estimate that about 2,000 people have come through the doors seeking help in finding work and those numbers just aren't really dropping off.

"Jobseekers in this [16-24] age bracket do need extra support.

"The Princes Trust released a report into this age group. If they're unemployed they're increasingly likely to suffer from depression and anxiety, to the extent where it impedes their ability to take part in day to day life."

"Just last week I heard of a gentleman who had been out of work for a little while... He actually sent in some speculative applications to employers... and actually got a job out of it.

"There's a big hidden jobs market... So get your CV, get your applications in speculatively to employers."

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