Jobseekers' Allowance claims rise in Oxfordshire again

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The number of people signing on the dole in Oxfordshire has risen for the second month in a row, bucking the national trend.

Figures from the Office of National Statistics show 6,842 people claimed Jobseeker’s Allowance in January, a rise of 280 on the previous month.

But nationally the claimant count fell for the third month in a row, down by 12,500 to 1.54 million, the lowest since June 2011 following a huge increase in employment.

Unemployment, including those not eligible for benefit, fell by 14,000 in the final quarter of last year to 2.5 million — 156,000 lower than a year ago.

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1:56pm Wed 20 Feb 13

zimmer, Wolvecote. says...

Why do they bother publishing these figures. They are meaningless, when the government keep changing the rules as to who can and can't claim a certain benefit. How about we go back to pre-1979 counting, and just say how many people are out of work, that is the figure that matters.
Why do they bother publishing these figures. They are meaningless, when the government keep changing the rules as to who can and can't claim a certain benefit. How about we go back to pre-1979 counting, and just say how many people are out of work, that is the figure that matters. zimmer, Wolvecote.
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4:21pm Wed 20 Feb 13

dave from witney says...

I'm not surprised that the number of jobseekers are up, every other person in Oxford seems to be East European.
I'm not surprised that the number of jobseekers are up, every other person in Oxford seems to be East European. dave from witney
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8:57am Thu 21 Feb 13

xjohnx says...

Its true that more people than ever (by far) are in work.

Its time to recognise that overpopulation is the cause of most of the worlds ills.
Its true that more people than ever (by far) are in work. Its time to recognise that overpopulation is the cause of most of the worlds ills. xjohnx
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10:17am Thu 21 Feb 13

riman09 says...

There are statistics, and damned statistics. The government is desperate to show the economy growing, and employment going up. Unfortunately, reality is very different, for those unable to get full time hours, though supposedly in employment.

No matter the numbers of Eastern Europeans, unemployment is no better, even without them. Some of these people are here as students, helping create work.
There are statistics, and damned statistics. The government is desperate to show the economy growing, and employment going up. Unfortunately, reality is very different, for those unable to get full time hours, though supposedly in employment. No matter the numbers of Eastern Europeans, unemployment is no better, even without them. Some of these people are here as students, helping create work. riman09
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1:16pm Thu 21 Feb 13

zimmer, Wolvecote. says...

xjohnx wrote:
Its true that more people than ever (by far) are in work.

Its time to recognise that overpopulation is the cause of most of the worlds ills.
Correct, but the overpopulation of Oxford is caused by people born hundreds and thousands of miles away, a little backwater town such as ours cannot cope with that influx, with a council that buries it's head in the sand when it comes to housing an employment for those that it attracts.
[quote][p][bold]xjohnx[/bold] wrote: Its true that more people than ever (by far) are in work. Its time to recognise that overpopulation is the cause of most of the worlds ills.[/p][/quote]Correct, but the overpopulation of Oxford is caused by people born hundreds and thousands of miles away, a little backwater town such as ours cannot cope with that influx, with a council that buries it's head in the sand when it comes to housing an employment for those that it attracts. zimmer, Wolvecote.
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5:20pm Thu 21 Feb 13

dave from witney says...

riman09 wrote:
There are statistics, and damned statistics. The government is desperate to show the economy growing, and employment going up. Unfortunately, reality is very different, for those unable to get full time hours, though supposedly in employment.

No matter the numbers of Eastern Europeans, unemployment is no better, even without them. Some of these people are here as students, helping create work.
I accept that two percent may be students, but fifty percent are car washers and the others just sit in Costa Coffee all day. 98% of them on housing benefit, jobseeker allowance....family allowance, you name it they know it. Rest assured....they are only here for their benefit , not ours
[quote][p][bold]riman09[/bold] wrote: There are statistics, and damned statistics. The government is desperate to show the economy growing, and employment going up. Unfortunately, reality is very different, for those unable to get full time hours, though supposedly in employment. No matter the numbers of Eastern Europeans, unemployment is no better, even without them. Some of these people are here as students, helping create work.[/p][/quote]I accept that two percent may be students, but fifty percent are car washers and the others just sit in Costa Coffee all day. 98% of them on housing benefit, jobseeker allowance....family allowance, you name it they know it. Rest assured....they are only here for their benefit , not ours dave from witney
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