Further reduction in Jobseeker’s Allowance claimants in Peterborough

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Peterborough is closing in on having less than 2,000 people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) after a further drop in the number of claimants.

The figures for July which were released today (Wednesday, August 12) showed the number of JSA claimants had gone down from 2,255 to 2,185.

That was more than a third less than the 3,565 JSA claimants in July 2014.

For young people aged 18-24, the figure remained at 525 which was down from 845 this time last year.

Julia Nix, district manager for East Anglia at JobCentre Plus, said she believed the figure for young people was unchanged due to people waiting for exam results before deciding what to do next.

She also thanked companies who had been offering out work experience.

In the UK, unemployment has risen between April and June by 25,000 but pay was up by 2.8 per cent.

Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith said: “Thanks to our long-term economic plan there are a record number of nearly three million people in work in the East of England.

“We have already seen close to two million more people in jobs since 2010.

“On top of that, today’s figures show job vacancies at a near record high – evidence of the continued confidence of British businesses and potential for further growth in the UK economy.

“Our one nation government is helping millions across the country to succeed and achieve their full potential.

“I was particularly pleased to see that wages are continuing to rise meaning that hardworking people will see a real difference in their pay packets.”