VIDEO: Northamptonshire out-of-work claimant level at lowest in five years

The number of people claiming unemployment benefit in north Northamptonshire has fallen to its lowest level in five years.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning (Wednesday, December 18) show the number of people claiming jobseeker’s allowance (JSA) in Corby, East Northants, Kettering and Wellingborough was 5,484 last month.

The equivalent figure for October 2013 was 5,928, while 7,616 claimed the benefit in November 2012, meaning the number has fallen by 28 per cent.

The percentage of people claiming JSA in East Northants was 2.0 per cent, in Kettering it was 2.8 per cent and in both Corby and Wellingborough it was 3.1 per cent.

Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Northamptonshire Chamber, said: “It is a positive to see the number of people claiming JSA falling in north Northamptonshire.

“The figures from the ONS shows a continuous monthly drop in JSA claimants living in Kettering, Wellingborough, Corby and East Northants since the start of the current financial year.

“Local business confidence is high and resulting in more employment opportunities for local residents. This was reflected in our own Quarterly Economic Survey where Northamptonshire companies in both the service and manufacturing sectors told us they were planning to recruit further.

“The latest figures from the from the ONS also show that employment levels are rising in the East Midlands, with an extra 54,000 people in work, bringing the overall number to 2.17million in the three months to October.

“The news illustrates that inward investment by firms is paying off which will contribute to a stronger economy for the country.”