Peterborough unemployment figures buck national trend

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Peterborough has bucked the national trend by recording another drop in unemployment figures.

The city saw a six per cent drop in the number of people claiming Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA).

In June, there were 2,255 claimants compared to 2,400 the previous month.

Out of those, the number of people aged 18-24 claiming JSA fell from 570 to 525.

In the past year, those totals fell from 3,705 to 2,400 and 855 to 525.

Nationally, the number of people claiming unemployment-related benefits in June rose by 7,000 to 804,200.

Julia Nix, district manager for East Anglia at JobCentre Plus said: “It’s really encouraging for East Anglia and especially Peterborough to buck the national trend.

“We continue to support employers and give jobseekers the skills they need to fill vacancies.”

Employment Minister, Priti Patel, said: “The strength of the UK labour market is something we should take great pride in.

“I was particularly pleased to see that today’s figures show real wages growing at the fastest rate since 2007, and near record numbers of women in work.

“The East of England has the second lowest unemployment rate of any UK region – at 4.5 per cent. As part of our one nation government, we want everyone to succeed and achieve their full potential.

“With the government’s new productivity plan, and introduction of the new living wage, we are ensuring everyone benefits from the economic recovery.”

Figures released today (Wednesday, July 15) showed wages were rising at their fastest rate since 2007.