Job seekers

Almost half of jobseekers in West Lothian have found work in the past year

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The latest tally of claimants for West Lothian, for May 2022, shows there are 3,011 people looking for work in the county, down 2,561 from last May, a drop of 46 per cent .

The number of local job seekers aged 18 to 24 fell even further over the same period, down 57% from 1,055 to 502.

New figures for the number of alternative claimants (those from the working conditions research group) show that West Lothian is performing well compared to Scotland (down 42%) and the UK (down 37%) ).

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These latest figures come as the local Jobcentre Plus team continues to try to find work for locals.

Paula MacBrayne, Employer and Head of Partnerships for West Lothian, said: “Although we are in the midst of a hot summer, qualified work coaches at Job Centers are working harder than ever to help employers fill vacancies. record levels of vacancies. Our top priority is matching the right job with the right person.

“Our West Lothian Job Centers have held interviews with 13 employers over the past week resulting in 26 job offers to our clients.

“From job interviews at job centers to industry academies for people considering a new career, there is a huge amount of help available. Our job coaches work tirelessly to bring people of any age or career stage into rewarding and stable employment. »

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The local Pôle Emploi team also organized an event on Monday to help people with disabilities reintegrate into the labor market.

Paula added: “The Disability Confident event we held at West Lothian College went well, Michelle Thomson (MSP for East Falkirk) replaced Fiona Hyslop to deliver our keynote address.

“The feedback received from participants has been very positive, and several employers have agreed to enroll in the program on the day – this is great news for people with disabilities who want to find work.”

The local Bathgate employment center regularly hosts employers looking for new employees, as well as hosting recruitment events.