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  • "The point is that the many jobs are there for people who are willing to be flexable.

    Speaking from personal experience, I know many UK jobseekers are being too picky.

    Disabled people have always worked for a living, we all know of blind workers, wheelchair workers etc. Why should the disabled not be paid to look for work as well as the able. Disabled citizen are equal and should be treated thus!

    Good god! we hav just had the disabled olympics."
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Rise in number of people claiming jobseeker's allowance

First published in News Oxford Mail: Photograph of the Author by , Business Editor. Call me on 01865 425460

THE number of people out of work and claiming jobseeker’s allowance has risen for the first time since February last year.

Latest figures from the Office of National Statistics for December show there are 6,562 claimants in Oxfordshire, a rise of 115 on the previous month and the highest total since September.

But year on year figures show the number of people signing on fell by 1,049.

Nationally, numbers claiming jobseeker's allowance fell by 12,100 last month to 1.56 million, the lowest since June 2011.

Total UK unemployment fell by 37,000 in the latest quarter to just under 2.5 million, the lowest since spring 2011 with a record number — almost 30 million — adults in a job, up by 500,000 on the same time a year earlier.

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