Fewer people claiming unemployment benefit

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in north Northamptonshire has fallen to its lowest level since 2011, according to latest Office for National Statistics figures.

They showed that in August the jobseeker’s allowance claimant rate had fallen to 5.2 per cent in Corby, to 4.2 per cent in Wellingborough and to 2.5 per cent in East Northants. In Kettering the rate remained constant at 3.5 per cent.

In Wellingborough, 1,996 people claimed JSA – the first time the number had fallen below 2,000 since February 2011.

It means a total of 7,283 claimed JSA in August, a fall of 166 since July and down 941 since August 2012.

Paul Griffiths, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, welcomed the figures.

He said: “It is positive to see the number of people claiming job seekers allowance has decreased in all areas of the county when compared to last year, and that these rates are at their lowest in 2011.

“The figures are a measure of the resilience and the flexibility of the county’s businesses. They also reiterate what I am hearing from our member companies in that many of them are actively recruiting and intend to recruit further in the next quarter.

“However, while these figures show the economy is continuing to grow while the Government sticks with its deficit cutting plan, more is needed to underpin the recovery, particularly around access to finance for viable businesses, and more support for firms looking to trade overseas.”