Newquay and St Austell unemployment down again
UNEMPLOYMENT has fallen in Newquay and St Austell for the seventh consecutive month – but town leaders say they want to see better pay for workers.
The number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance in both towns during August was 1,593 – 230 less than August last year and 106 less than in July of this year.
The unemployment rate in both towns is 3.4 per cent, compared to the national rate of 4.4 per cent.
Newquay mayor Sandy Carter, said the figures were "very positive". However, he questioned how many people were in full-time jobs.
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He said: "A lot of people work in hotels and their jobs are going to dry up very soon. It is a brighter picture, but I don't think it is the overall picture."
Mr Carter added: "Our problem in Newquay is that many people are on the minimum wage, accommodation is expensive and, really, people have not got a fair chance."
The Mayor of St Austell, Steve Double, said he, too, wanted to see better-paid jobs in his town.
He said: "It is clearly good news and hopefully a sign that the economy has turned a corner.
"Cornwall traditionally has low wages and I want to see economic growth that not only raises the number of jobs but which raises the level of average income."
MP for the towns, Stephen Gilbert, said: "Cornwall is still vulnerable to seasonal work trends so I'd expect to see a tougher few months ahead, but these results show increasing numbers of people employed and that is a great story for our community."