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Unemployment continues to fall in June as job vacancies rise

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Thursday 22 July 2021

Unemployment continued to fall during June, as the Job Centre advertised a record number of job vacancies.

The total number of people unemployed in Guernsey fell to 440 at the end of June, a reduction of 54 from the end of May 2021.

The number of job adverts promoted by the Job Centre was 545, which is the highest number of jobs ever advertised by the Job Centre in one month.

The number of new claims for employment and income related benefits increased, with 63 new claims made, compared with 28 in May.

A number of training schemes and placements were run through the Job Centre to support people into employment. At the end of June there were 42 people on training schemes such as Work to Benefit, Kickstart and placements with the third sector.

Deputy Peter Roffey, President of the Committee for Employment & Social Security, said:

'It is encouraging to see unemployment fall for a fourth consecutive month. It was only a few months ago that unemployment was more than double what it is now, and so I must commend the fantastic work that has gone into supporting many people into employment over the last few months.

'Businesses still have many vacancies to fill and we want to help. We've held two job fairs now, but we're still looking at different options to help match job seekers to employers. If your business is struggling to fill vacancies, get in touch with the Job Centre by emailing job.centre@gov.gg or calling 732516 and we'll look at how we can help you fill your vacancies.'

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