Further drop in Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Peterborough as wages rise

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A further drop has been recorded for the number of Peterborough residents claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

The number of people claiming the out of work benefit reduced from 2,185 in July to 2,090 in August, a drop of 4.3 per cent.

Of that total, the number of 18 to 24-year-olds claiming has gone down from 525 to 465, a drop of 11.4 per cent.

In August 2014, there were 3,320 JSA claimants of which 785 were aged 18 to 24.

Paul Gisbey, district operations manager at the Department for Work and Pensions, said a jobs fair was held in the city centre yesterday (Tuesday, September 15) with 36 employers and that a number of Christmas job vacancies are coming up.

He said Amazon in Peterborough will be offering “substantial vacancies” - although an exact figure was not yet known.

Royal Mail will also provide 400 seasonal jobs in the city.

Mr Gisbey said that of the JSA claimants Peterborough, 70 per cent were no longer requiring it after 13 weeks, and 88 per cent were coming off it after 26 weeks.

Nationally, wages have risen by 2.9 per cent on average.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said: “As part of our one nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential, and through our reforms we are doing just that.

“With the East of England having the second highest employment rate of any UK region at 77 per cent, it is clear that the remarkable jobs success that we have seen under this government is continuing.”