Jobless figures fall to lowest level in six years

Jobless figures have fallen to the lowest level in six years
Jobless figures have fallen to the lowest level in six years

The number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance has fallen to its lowest level in our part of the county for about six years.

Figures released by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), the number of people claiming the allowance fell by 524 in Kettering, Corby, East Northamptonshire and Wellingborough last month.

The number of unemployed people claiming the benefit in Corby was down 217 on the previous month to 1,229. This represents three per cent of the population.

The number in East Northamptonshire was 972, down 73 on the previous month and representing 1.6 per cent of the population available for work.

There were 1,458 claimants in Kettering, which is 2.4 per cent of the working population and down 132 on the previous month.

And in Wellingborough the number of unemployed people was down 102 on the previous month to 1,340, or 2.8 per cent of the working population.

Those numbers represented the lowest number of claimants in East Northamptonshire since July 2008, the lowest number since October 2008 in Kettering and Wellingborough, and the lowest figure since December 2008 in Corby.

Corby and East Northants MP Andy Sawford said: “I’ve been working closely with the borough council, business and other key partners to promote Corby as a great place to do business.

“Local firms like Tayto are creating new jobs and through the recent job fairs and other initiatives it’s great that many people have been helped back to work.

“With over 1,600 people locally still out of work I believe much more needs to be done to tackle unemployment.

“I am also concerned that too many jobs are low paid, on zero hours contracts or through agencies.

“The challenge in Corby and East Northants is to do more to create long-term, secure jobs with fair pay and good prospects for local people.”

Wellingborough MP Peter Bone said: “This is really good news for hard working families in the constituency.

“The numbers of unemployed are down by 37 per cent in Wellingborough in the last year, 32 per cent in Kettering and 39 per cent in Corby.

“It’s clear that the Government’s long term economic plan is working.”