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NORTH Lanarkshire Council have released the latest benefit and employment figures for North Lanarkshire wards and Cumbernauld isn't looking too good.
Figures show that Jobseekers Allowance claimants are up over 8%, in some parts of Cumbernauld, whilst claims of JSA fell by 3%, compared with June 2010.
The official figures, compiled by the Office of National Statistics and Scottish Neighbourhood Statistics show that JSA claimants, in North Lanarkshire, as whole increased from 11'357, in June 2010, to 11'807, last month- an increase of 4%.
In a detailed breakdown of JSA claimants throughout the Cumbernauld ward, Cumbernauld North scored the worst with claims rising from 261 to 280, between June 2010 and June 2011.
Cumbernauld South didn't fare well neither. Claims for JSA increased 7%, in the ward, with claims rising from 617 to 660.
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However, in bizarre twist, Abronhill, Kildrum and The Village's JSA claimants fell 3%, over the year, from 516 to 502.
Commenting, Ian Eadie, Manager of Cumbernauld Citizens Advice Bureau said: "Overall the unemployment figures for Cumbernauld are up and that is a concern.
"As far as the bureau is concerned, our figures for May and June show Debt at 35% of enquiries and benefits at 29%.
"Debt can often be linked to loss of employment and over the last few years, both these figures have been rising.
"The great fear is that there is worse to come."
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