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Number of people in Dacorum claiming Jobseeker's Allowance falls
Dacorum Borough Council is celebrating after figures announced last week show the borough has the biggest fall in people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
Between September 2012 and September 2013, the number of Dacorum residents claiming Jobseeker's Allowance fell from 2,149 to 1,798, a reduction of 351 people.
Councillor Andrew Williams, Leader of Dacorum Borough Council said: "One of our main aims is to increase employment in Dacorum, and to provide opportunities to enhance quality of life. We do this by working with employers, the Job Centre, and local training organisations to help people into work. Local business confidence is high and this is showing in the fact there are now more employment opportunities for local residents.
"Examples of on-the-ground projects the council runs to increase employment are our own apprenticeship scheme; grants, advice and support for start-up businesses; and the low-cost Maylands Business Centre.
"We have a target to help create 500 new jobs each year - by helping local business expand or by encouraging new business to move into area - and we are already exceeding that target this year. "These latest figures show the work we are doing around skills and employment, business support and inward investment are paying off."
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