Big drop in Peterborough unemployment figures

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The number of Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA) claimants in Peterborough has gone down again.

The total has dropped from 1,940 in October to 1,680 last month, a reduction of 13 per cent.

In November 2014 the figure was at 2,335.

Of the current total of JSA claimaints, 355 are aged 18-24 compared to 460 in October and 480 this time last year.

Julia Nix, district manager for East Anglia at JobCentre Plus, said: “We are pleased with the continuing downward trend.

“We are just continuing to see a good selection of industries still recruiting such as logistics, retail and hospitality.”

The percentage of people in Peterborough who are unemployed is 6.6 per cent, compared to 5.7 per cent nationally.

In the UK, the employment rate has reached a record high of 73.9 per cent.

Employment Minister Priti Patel said:

“We are ending the year on a high with a record rate of employment and wages continuing to grow.

“Today’s figures show half-a-million more people in work compared to this time last year across the UK, which means hundreds of thousands of families are going into the festive season with the security and hope for the future that work brings.

“In fact, there are more people in work in the East of England than ever before.

“Next year we will build on this positive story with the introduction of the National Living Wage and the new offer of 30 hours free childcare for working families. In this way we are delivering the high-wage, low-welfare society with opportunity and security at its heart that we know the British people want.”