Jobless total rise ‘disappointing’

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Business leaders have described the latest rise in unemployment in north Northamptonshire as disappointing.

A total of 8,381 people in the north of the county claimed jobseekers’ allowance (JSA) last month. That figure compares to 8,020 in January and 8,277 in February 2012.

The number of people claiming JSA in the borough of Wellingborough was 2,265, its highest level since September 2009.

In Kettering borough, 83 more people are claiming JSA than a month ago. The month-on-month rise in Corby is 79 and 115 in East Northants.

However, East Northants was the only local authority in the area which has a smaller number of claimants compared to this time last year.

The overall rise in unemployment reflects a similar national trend.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive at Northamptonshire Chamber, said businesses in the county needed more support from the Government.

He said: “It is disappointing to see rises in unemployment in several areas in the county. Businesses, both in Northamptonshire and all over the UK, are doing all they can to support growth and create and retain jobs at a time when the economy remains weak but, although businesses are resilient and confident about the months ahead, they can’t do it alone. The Government must do more to help businesses on the ground.

“We need a clear and effective growth strategy that combines deregulation, measures to support exporters and the early creation of a business bank if we stand a chance of seeing a lasting recovery in the UK.”