The number of people out of work in the north of the county has seen another slight monthly fall.
A total of 7,768 claimed jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) in the area last month, down 225 on the September figure.
But it is still well up on October 2011, which saw 7,252 people claim JSA.
Corby saw the biggest month-on-month fall in the region, with JSA claims totalling 1,940 – the first time it has been below 2,000 since January – although that number represents 5.5 per cent of the population, still significantly up on last year.
In Kettering there were 86 fewer claimants in October than September, claims were down 46 in Wellingborough and down 14 in East Northamptonshire, which was the only one of the four local government districts which was performing better than the national average.