Northamptonshire jobless at five-year low

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in Northamptonshire is at its lowest level for five years.

New figures released by the Government today, Wednesday, show there were 11,945 people in the county claiming jobseeker’s allowance in October - down from the 12,927 the previous month and well below the 15,258 claiming in October 2012.

There were annual falls in benefit claimants in Kettering (1,760 down from 2,273), Corby (1,368 down from 1,940), Wellingborough (1,667 down from 2,118) and East Northamptonshire (1,133 down from 1,437). Each area had the lowest unemployment figure since the end of 2008.

Nationally, the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance fell by 41,700 to 1.31 million in October.

Youth unemployment also showed signs of improvement, with the number of jobless 16-to-24 year-olds falling by 9,000 to 965,000.

Prime Minister David Cameron said: “There are now 1.1 million more people in work since the election - more proof our long-term plan for Britain is working.”

But Rachel Reeves MP, shadow secretary of state for work and pensions, said: “On average, working people are more than £1,600 a year worse off under this out-of-touch government.”