Reduction in Jobseeker's Allowance claimants in Peterborough

The number of Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA) claimants has dropped in Peterborough.

Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 12:16 pm
Updated Wednesday, 18th May 2016, 1:20 pm
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In April, there were 1,515 JSA claimants, of whom 270 were aged 18 to 24.

That is down from March where there were 1,605 JSA claimants, of whom 290 were aged 18 to 24.

In April 2015, there were 2,555 JSA claimants in the city, 610 of whom were aged 18 to 24.

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The latest official figures show the employment rate nationally is at its highest since records began in 1971.

Nearly 31.6 million people are now in work, with the unemployment rate at 5.1 per cent.

Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, Stephen Crabb, said: “These are another record-breaking set of figures, with more people in work than ever before and the unemployment rate is at the lowest in a decade at 5.1 per cent.

“And with over three million people in work, the East of England has the second highest employment rate of any UK nation or region at 77.4 per cent.

“More people in work means that more families across the UK are benefiting from the security of a regular wage and the fulfilment that employment brings.”