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Work Programme helps 321,000 long term unemployed into work

02 07.13

Figures released by the Employment Related Services Association (ERSA) have shown that 321,000 long term unemployed jobseekers have now found a job on the Work Programme. Of the 1.2 million long term unemployed referred to the Programme by the end of March 2013, 321,000 people had entered work, compared to the 207,000 at the end of September 2012.

Other key findings from ERSA’s analysis of Job Start data include:

  • One-third of all individuals who have been on the programme for at least a year had found employment.
  • The Work Programme is proving effective in tackling youth unemployment, with 88,000 young people on Jobseekers Allowance on the programme found work by the end of March 2013.  Of those young people who had been on the scheme for at least a year, 45% had had a Job Start, while 49% of those who had been on the programme the longest had entered work. 
  • The rate at which providers are placing jobseekers into work is increasing. All months since May 2012 show a higher number of people entering work than at a comparable point in the previous year.