Unemployment up by 60 per cent
PUBLISHED: 06:38 28 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:56 15 June 2010
UNEMPLOYMENT in Honiton and the surrounding area has risen by over 60 per cent since last year, according to recent figures.
UNEMPLOYMENT in Honiton and the surrounding area has risen by over 60 per cent since last year, according to recent figures.The JobCentre Plus area at Honiton, which also covers Axminster and Sidmouth, reported 551 unemployed people compared to only 324 last year.And, as demand increases, job opportunities are on the wane with the centre handling over 60 per cent less vacancies.One of the branch managers, Peter Barker, said that, although they handled 109 vacancies last year, compared to 274 in 2007, there was still work out there.He said: "There are still vacancies advertised and people are still finding jobs and having success. "But the fact is there are not as many jobs around as in the summer or 12 months ago."We try to help people as much as possible, but it's important people also help themselves - by using resources such as the internet, newspapers and friends and family."People need to put as many irons in the fire as possible and be flexible. "The majority of people find jobs within 13 weeks. We just have to watch the situation and see how it develops."He said that, despite recent challenges, the centre was still meeting its target for the majority of people to receive an appointment to make a claim within three working days.n EMPLOYERS and job seekers can use the Herald's Jobs24 service via our website.The service, covering everything from jobs in the construction industry to teaching posts, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.Benefits include a CV match system. Visit www.midweekherald. co.uk to find out more.