JSA claim figures fell slightly last month

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance across the area saw a slight drop in the past month, according to figures released by the Office for National Statistics.

The latest charts, for November, do not show dramatic drops but there were declines in jobless totals in Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire.

However, none of those areas had fewer JSA claimants than in November 2011.

In Corby, the jobless total fell from 5.5 per cent in October to 5.3 per cent in November, a drop from 1,940 to 1,874, which are the lowest figures of 2012.

However, it is higher than the 4.7 per cent figure in November 2011, when 1,666 people were claiming.

Kettering’s figures remained relatively steady between October and November, although there was a slight drop in claimants from 2,273 to 2,234, or 3.9 per cent. That compares to 3.6 per cent, or 2,070 people, in November 2011.

Wellingborough and East Northamptonshire each saw figures fall by about 20 people.

Corby, Kettering and Wellingborough’s figures are all higher than the East Midlands and UK average, 3.6 per cent and 3.8 per cent respectively.