Unemployment in Peterborough rises for second month in a row

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Concern has been raised that the number of people in Peterborough claiming Jobseekers’ Allowance (JSA) has risen for the second month in a row.

Government figures released today (Wednesday, March 18) show the number of JSA claimants has gone up from 2,500 to 2,740 for February.

Of that total, 670 are aged 18-24.

Before the turn of the year, there were 2,240 JSA claimants in Peterborough.

A spokeswoman for the Department for Work and Pensions said the figures reflected a 42 per cent drop compared to last year.

However, she added: “If the figures go up again next month we would be concerned.

“We have seen an increase this month but there is still a downward trend. The labour market is still buoyant and hopefully will be picking up towards Easter.”

The spokeswoman stated that the JSA rise was due to a loss of seasonal jobs over Christmas and jobs in the agricultural industry.