Number of unemployment claimants in north Northamptonshire falls to six-year low

Job Centre Plus in Lower Street, Kettering

Job Centre Plus in Lower Street, Kettering

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The number of people claiming unemployment benefits in the north of the county has hit its lowest level in almost six years.

Figures released this morning (Wednesday, August 13) by the Office for National Statistics showed there were a total of 4,737 people in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire who claimed jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) in July.

It compares to 4,899 who claimed the benefit in June this year, while the year-on-year fall is 2,712.

In Corby, 1,195 people claimed JSA last month, a rate of 2.9 per cent. In Wellingborough, JSA was claimed by 1,298 people, a rate of 2.8 per cent, while in Kettering there were 1,427 claimants, equivalent to a rate of 2.4 per cent.

In all three boroughs the rate was at its lowest since October 2008.

In East Northants, just 817 people claimed the benefit last month, a rate of 1.5 per cent – the lowest since June 2008.

Across the United Kingdom as a whole, unemployment fell by more than 130,000 in the three months to June. However, average wages also declined, the ONS said.