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.