Unemployment in Braintree hits its lowest for 11 years

Dave Cope, customer services operations manager for Braintree Jobcentre Plus

Dave Cope, customer services operations manager for Braintree Jobcentre Plus

First published in News

The number of jobseekers claiming benefits is at its lowest for nearly 11 years.

Jobcentre Plus in Braintree had 1,034 people registered for Jobseeker’s Allowance up until the end of last month, and this has gone down to just above 1,000.

Dave Cope, customer services operations manager for the Braintree branch, said: “The last time the figure was this low for Braintree Jobcentre was November 2003, when there were 990 claimants.

“It then rose to 1,025 in December 2003, and hasn’t been below 1,000 since.”

* See this week's paper for full story.

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10:55am Fri 22 Aug 14

Jack222 says...

WE must not forget those who have given up and dont claim benefits...
WE must not forget those who have given up and dont claim benefits... Jack222
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11:09am Fri 22 Aug 14

OMPITA [Intl] says...

This is gobbledegook!

I do not doubt for one moment that there is some most welcome good news here, but the explanation of the figures is completely ‘Mickey Mouse’.

The number is at its lowest for nearly 11 years? OK, I can accept that.

The figure has gone from 1,034 - which some might describe as being just above 1,000. (Little more than 3% above 1,000 in fact) to another figure (not disclosed would you believe!) described as being something just above 1,000.

Well that really is as clear as mud!

As if that isn’t bad enough, we are then told that the last time the figure was this low was when it came to 990. I’m no mathematical genius but my abacus tells me that’s smidgen below 1,000. (Indeed a quick whizz of the pretty little beads backwards and forwards informs me that is actually1% below 1,000 – isn’t technology wonderful?)

Dare I ask if the journalist taking the credit for this gem attempted to check the credibility of what was being published?
This is gobbledegook! I do not doubt for one moment that there is some most welcome good news here, but the explanation of the figures is completely ‘Mickey Mouse’. The number is at its lowest for nearly 11 years? OK, I can accept that. The figure has gone from 1,034 - which some might describe as being just above 1,000. (Little more than 3% above 1,000 in fact) to another figure (not disclosed would you believe!) described as being something just above 1,000. Well that really is as clear as mud! As if that isn’t bad enough, we are then told that the last time the figure was this low was when it came to 990. I’m no mathematical genius but my abacus tells me that’s smidgen below 1,000. (Indeed a quick whizz of the pretty little beads backwards and forwards informs me that is actually1% below 1,000 – isn’t technology wonderful?) Dare I ask if the journalist taking the credit for this gem attempted to check the credibility of what was being published? OMPITA [Intl]
  • Score: 7

8:08pm Sat 23 Aug 14

cmills says...

Its only just above 1,000 -Is this why the job centre staff seem to work at the pace of snails - and talk about their personal lifes between themselves in front of waiting claimants ( customers now ) - like they have all day. I do hope these low fugues mean that jobcentre can reduce the employees by one or two. Perhaps these bottom feeders can find proper jobs, doing proper work. - That would be good .
Its only just above 1,000 -Is this why the job centre staff seem to work at the pace of snails - and talk about their personal lifes between themselves in front of waiting claimants ( customers now ) - like they have all day. I do hope these low fugues mean that jobcentre can reduce the employees by one or two. Perhaps these bottom feeders can find proper jobs, doing proper work. - That would be good . cmills
  • Score: 2
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