Lowest level of out-of-work benefit claims in East Northamptonshire and Corby for 22 years

The Job Centre in Lower Street, Kettering
The Job Centre in Lower Street, Kettering

The number of people claiming out-of-work benefits in parts of north Northamptonshire has dropped to its lowest level since official stats began in 1992.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics this morning (Wednesday, December 17) show 3,251 people claimed jobseeker’s allowance in November across Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough and East Northants in November.

It is a fall of 348, or 10 per cent, since October, and a fall of 2,233, or 41 per cent, in the last 12 months.

In Corby, 1.7 per cent of the workforce claimed JSA, while in East Northants the figure was 1.1 per cent. Those numbers have not been lower since the ONS began recording the figures in early 1992.

In Kettering, the rate in November was 1.8 per cent, the lowest since January 2008, and in Wellingborough it was 1.9 per cent, the best figure since December of the previous year.