Boost across region with fewer people seeking jobs

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The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has fallen across the north of the county, according to official figures.

But while the claimant count fell on a month-by-month basis, they are still well up in all four local government areas compared to last year.

Corby saw the most significant monthly fall, with 2,020 people of working age – or 5.7 per cent – claiming JSA in September.

That figure was 100 fewer than in August, when 2,120, or 6 per cent, claimed JSA in the borough. It is also the lowest figure since January.

In Kettering, there were 2,360 JSA claimants in September, 55 fewer than in August. Wellingborough’s number fell slightly to 2,164 from 2,179.

East Northamptonshire also witnessed a fall, taking the rate of JSA claimants to 2.7 per cent in the district, the lowest since December 2011.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, said: “The latest job market figures are a positive development, signaling both locally and nationally that people are returning to work.

“However, forceful measures are still needed to ensure that we return to sustainable positive growth.”

This month’s figures are in line with the trend across the East Midlands.

Nationally, the number claiming JSA fell to its lowest level since July 2011.