Drop in Peterborough residents claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance

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The number of Peterborough residents claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) has dropped in the past month.

The number of claimants has dropped from 2,090 in August to 2,015 in September.

In September 2014 that figure was 3,015.

The number of 18-24 year-olds claiming JSA has gone up by five in the past month to 470, but that total is down from 695 in September 2014.

Julia Nix, district manager for East Anglia at JobCentre Plus, said: “Locally it’s the best figures we’ve had since 2008.”

Across the UK, the proportion of people in work is now at a record high of 73.6 per cent.

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “This is a fantastic set of figures which show more people in work than ever before and a strong growth in wages.

“That is a credit to British business and a credit to the hardworking people of this country.

“Alongside this, unemployment has fallen to the lowest level since 2008 and long-term unemployment has dropped by a staggering quarter over the last year.

The Department for Work and Pensions said there are a record 1.4 million women in work in the East of England.

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