Unemployment among young people in Northamptonshire has fallen by more than 40 per cent in a year, Job Centre Plus has revealed.
Comparisons between June 2014 and June 2013 show that the number of people aged 18 to 24 who were looking for jobs fell from 3,845 to 2,255.
Overall unemployment in the county fell from 14,720 to 10,105 - or 31 per cent - in the same period.
Peter Chaplin, the Job Centre Plus manager for Northamptonshire, said the main factor in getting people into a job was helping them take small steps back into the workplace.
He said: “It’s immensely satisfying getting people into employment and the vast majority of people we see want to work.
“What we have been offering is that first step on the ladder, which, although they may not get a paid job immediately, makes people more employable.
“We offer training and also work placements with certain employers who then pledge to offer an interview at the end of that period.”
The month-on-month stats show that job seekers allowance claimants fell two per cent in Northamptonshire from May 2014 to June 2014.
In the same period, claimants aged 18-24 dropped 10 per cent.