Corby sees big drop in youngsters claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance

Statistics released today show Corby has seen a big drop in the number of youngsters claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.
Statistics released today show Corby has seen a big drop in the number of youngsters claiming Jobseeker's Allowance.

Corby has seen almost a 40 per cent drop in people aged 18 to 24 claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance, according to the latest Labour Market Statists released today (Wednesday).

A total of 125 youngsters are claiming the benefit compared to 205 year on year, with claimants as a whole in the town down by 23 per cent to 693.

Northamptonshire excluding Northampton has seen a 36 per cent reduction in young claimants, dropping from 875 to 560.

Claimants as a whole in the county fell from 4,054 to 3,164, a drop of 22 per cent.

Employment rates in Wellingborough and Kettering are above the national average of 73.7 per cent.

Figures for Wellingborough show 74.2 per cent of people are employed, with Kettering coming in at 78.9 per cent.

A spokesman for Jobcentre Plus said: “The figures reflect an encouraging position, with figures for claimants at their lowest point in a decade which is quite significant.”