Jobless total falls in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden

The number of unemployment claimants in all four major towns in the north of the county has dropped since September 2014.

The number of unemployment claimants in all four major towns in the north of the county has dropped since September 2014.

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and Rushden has decreased dramatically, according to the latest labour market statistics.

The national employment rate has risen to 73.6 per cent, the highest it has been in seven years, with Northamptonshire’s figures showing an employment rate of 79.4 per cent.

The four biggest towns in the north of the county have seen a year-on-year decrease in the jobless total, with Corby showing the biggest improvement.

The number of claimants there has dropped from 920 to 588, a 37 per cent drop.

Kettering has also seen a sharp decrease with 914 claimants compared to 1,275 in September 2014, a reduction of 28 per cent.

Rushden (down from 706 claimants to 564) and Wellingborough (down from 1,066 claimants to 913) have seen 20 per cent and 14 per cent decreases respectively.

Jill Green from Jobcentre Plus says the statistics show the labour market in the county is improving.

She said: “This is fantastic news all round and especially good for Northamptonshire.

“It’s really good to see an improvement in the labour market and employment rates rising.

“There have been jobs fairs in Rushden and Wellingborough which have had a really good turnout from employers and visitors, and there is one planned for Kettering on November 11.

“Corby has seen a real boost in the number of big name and new employers and I think that shows in these statistics.”

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